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Tech Football Welcomes No. 18 Davenport for Homecoming

Tech Football Welcomes No. 18 Davenport for Homecoming
Michigan Tech vs Davenport
Date Saturday, September 30, 2023

Kearly Stadium, Houghton, Mich

Time 1 p.m. EST
Radio Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ | Josh Ylitalo
Online Audio Mix 93 WKMJ | 
Video Stream Flosports
Live Stats Link
Game Notes Notes vs Davenport

09.26.23 Dan Mettlach Press Conference

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- The Michigan Tech football team returns home after a two-week hiatus, welcoming No. 18 Davenport for homecoming at 1 p.m. at Kearly Stadium on Saturday.

T-Shirt Giveaway
The first 400 fans to Saturday's game will be given the newest edition of the Michigan Tech spirit t-shirts.

Michigan Tech fans who purchase tickets to Saturday's Homecoming football game against Davenport can attend the 4 p.m. volleyball match against Ferris State for half price. Take your football ticket to the SDC Ticket Office to claim your discount.

Watch The Huskies
All home and GLIAC games will be streamed on FloSports. Michigan Tech fans can watch all home and conference games in volleyball, basketball, football, soccer, and hockey with one subscription. FloSports provides each subscriber with access to all content and events with the purchase of a monthly or yearly subscription. Subscriptions are offered in two different billing packages - monthly and annual. Discounts are available for students enrolled at GLIAC member and associate member institutions. You must subscribe with a .edu email address to be eligible. FloSports is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast.

The Series
Michigan Tech leads 3-2 in the all-time series. The two teams first met in 2017, with the last meeting showing the Panthers victorious at the Farmers Insurance Complex 52-38 a season ago. In the series, the home team has been victorious through the first five meetings. The Huskies' last win against Davenport came in the 2019 season with an impressive 31-7 victory.

About the Panthers
Davenport completed its three-game homestand to open the season with a 3-0 ledger. This marks the second consecutive year that the Panthers have won their first three games to start the fall campaign.

Most recently, the Panthers thumped GLVC foe William Jewell 55-27. The win showcased two conference player of the week honors for DU, seeing Myren Harris tabbed offensive player of the week and Geemontae Peck earning defensive player of the week honors.

Harris rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight game having 12 carries for 129 yards including a school-record, 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Peck finished with five tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and four quarterback hurries. The Panther defense held William Jewell to just five-for-16 on third down.

Davenport has also seen quarterback Jason Wittaker and linebacker Julius Wilkerson earn GLIAC Player of the Week honors so far this season, leading the league with four POTW accolades.

The special teams showed out in the victory against William Jewell as both linebacker Nick Pulley and wide receiver Demetrius Garrett returned punts for touchdowns.

Harris leads DU with 115 rushing yards per game, ranking first in the conference and fifth nationally.

The 2022 GLIAC Coach of the Year Sparky McEwen is in his seventh year at the helm of the Panthers. Davenport was selected to finish third with one first-place ballot in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.

About the Huskies
The Michigan Tech football team is off to its best start since the 2015 season, with a record of 3-0 to start the season. The Huskies have been battle-tested over their last two games, coming back from down 24-0 against Upper Iowa to win 34-31 and a hard-fought 24-20 victory against a tough Wis.-Platteville team a week before.

The Huskies have garnered fourth-quarter interceptions in back-to-back games to solidify wins on the road, leading the conference, along with being eighth nationally with seven intercepted passes.

Michigan Tech upended Upper Iowa with help from multiple Huskies having career days.

Kicker/punter Drew Wyble accounted for 10 points for the Huskies in their 34-31 comeback victory against Upper Iowa. He went two-for-two in field goals, hitting a career-high 49-yard field goal and a 30-yard field goal to solidify the win.

He earned GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance, marking the second consecutive week that the Huskies have owned the conference special teams player of the week.

Additionally, running back William Marano had a career-high 147 yards rushing on 20 carries and scoring his first touchdown of the season.

Wide receiver Ethan Champney broke two tackles after a catch by quarterback Alex Fries to score a career-long 73-yard touchdown, not to overshadow his game-tying touchdown pass to Brandon Michalak to tie the game at 31 apiece against Upper Iowa.

Lastly, Iron Mountain, Michigan, native Dante Basanese got his first career interception on the final Upper Iowa offensive drive to ice the Peacocks.

One Last Thing
The Huskies have seen a lot of tackles by defensive back Hunter Buechel and linebacker Marc Sippel this season. Buechel leads the country with 7.0 solo tackles per game and recently surpassed 100 career tackles. Additionally, Sippel is seventh nationally in total tackles with 10.3 per game and over 200 career tackles during his time with Michigan Tech.

• Michigan Tech Athletics and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan have teamed up to promote the #MIKidsCan Campaign. A Copper Country youth has earned an opportunity to be a part of the pregame coin toss ceremony at Saturday's game.
• MI Kids Can is a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's ongoing efforts to help Michigan families make good choices leading to healthier lives. With a focus on improving children's health, over the last 10 years, BCBSM has given more than $6 million in support of kids' health and wellness initiatives across the state, reaching more than 100,000 children.