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Huskies host Wayne State for Homecoming

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the Michigan Tech football team this season.

Michigan Tech (1-4) took an early lead last week against Davenport, but the defense folded as the Panthers rallied for a 52-38 win.

That could be interpreted a couple different ways: first, that Tech’s offense, which has struggled so far this season, is finally coming around to consistent production. Or second, that Tech’s defense, which has been strong, yet not spectacular, has exploitable weaknesses.

The way Huskies coach Steve Olson put it, it was more so about execution. On both sides. It’s a pattern the Huskies have put on tape all season, and Wayne State is sure to visit this week with all of that in mind.

Michigan Tech celebrates the 100th season of the football program.

It’s also Homecoming for Michigan Tech.

Kickoff at Kearly Stadium is 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Warriors (1-4) are coming off a 37-30 loss against Northern Michigan last week.

Olson said last week’s loss against Davenport was underscored by a lack of playmaking on defense. Nothing spectacular, he said it was simply tackling and deflecting passes.

“I thought offensively we continue to play and battle in that football game,” Olson said. “I was very happy about that and very pleased with the performance on that end. Defensively, we missed too many tackles. And there were some balls in the air that we had opportunities to pick and we didn’t pick them. We didn’t make a tackle either. Those turned into some big catches and those were passes and plays that gave Davenport’s receivers and their quarterbacks a lot of credit for on making those plays.

“We can be better and we’ve got to be better,” Olson added. “That’s what we’re working towards right now this week as we get ready for Wayne State.”

Olson said the Huskies are eager to show out for the Homecoming and 100th year festivities.

“It’s a 100-year celebration of our football program. You know, Homecoming is always exciting, too,” Olson said. “Having all these players that will come back this weekend to commemorate and celebrate 100 years of Michigan Tech football, and we look at those people where – they’ve gone, what they’re doing right now. And the pride that they have in this program. That’s an awesome thing. So we’re excited to have all of them back and we’re going to go out there and we’ve been working hard practices this week, and we’re going to give it a heck of an effort on Saturday. That’s what I expect from our team. And that’s what I expect will happen.”

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