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CWU Football Hosts Humboldt State in Yakima

The No. 15 Central Washington University football team hosts Humboldt State University at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima, Washington.

"This is a great opportunity for us to bring Central Washington football to one of our local high schools," CWU Head Coach Ian Shoemaker said.  "Humboldt is going to come ready to play.  We always expect them to play a tough game against us."
Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Zaepfel Stadium | Yakima, Wash.
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The Lumberjacks are 0-1 on the season after dropping their 2018 opener 55-12 against MSU Texas.

Joseph Sweeney guided the Jacks passing attack and was 18-of-26 for 159 yards in his first career start. He weathered the Mustang pass rush that brought him to the turf three times. Alex Larson was Sweeney's favorite target and they connected three times for a game-high 55 yards.

Defensively, the Lumberjacks allowed 593 yards of total offense.  The Mustangs' rushers averaged 9.9 yards per play.  Adam Herrera picked off one pass for a 44-yard pick six.

The Wildcats put up 50 points against Western Oregon last weekend in their 50-17 win over the Wolves.  It was the most points scored against Western Oregon since Oct. 22, 2005, when the Wildcats won 61-33.  It is the most points scored at Western Oregon since Nov. 1, 2003, when CWU won 55-44.

Reilly Hennessey finished 17-for-28, with 275 yards, and one touchdown.  He found wide receiver Ryan Ramones early and often, as Ramones tallied six catches for 134 yards.  Quinton Lewis hauled in four passes, one of which went for a touchdown, for 55 yards.

Cedric Cooper paced the ground game, racking up 66 yards on 16 carries.  He found the end zone once.  Michael Roots chipped in 50 yards, on 13 carries, and one touchdown.

Defensively, Josh Wikel led the Wildcats in tackles for the second straight week, bringing in 11 tackles and one sack.  Tevin Gray got to the quarterback twice for a loss of 16 yards.  Kai Gamble also recorded a nine-yard sack, while Sean Gordon notched one sack as well.

For the first time since Sept. 10, 2016 that three different Wildcat running backs have punched in touchdowns on the ground.  The Sept. 10, 2016 game also came against Western Oregon.  Quincy Carter, Jordan Tufaga, and Christian Cummings were the last trio prior to Cooper, Floyd, and Tufaga today.

Sophomore defensive back, and captain, Chaz McKenzie earned GNAC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a field goal in last week's game against Western Oregon.  McKenzie not only blocked the field goal, but recovered his own block and raced 65 yards for the Wildcats' first special teams touchdown of 2018.

Cooper leads the Wildcats with 127 rushing yards on the season.  In 30 rushing attempts, Cooper has only lost eight yards and is averaging a team-high 4.2 yards per carry.  The Wildcats have had five separate rushers find the end zone thus far in 2018.

Ryan Ramones had a breakout week against Western Oregon.  The redshirt freshman receiver found himself as Hennessey's favorite target.  Ramones reeled in six catches for 134 yards.  He surpassed Samuel Sanchez in reception yards.  In two games, Sanchez has totaled 109 yards, on nine catches, with one touchdown.

The Wildcats hold a 24-11-1 record all-time against the Lumberjacks.  Central is 4-1 against Humboldt State in the last five meetings.  In the last four meetings, CWU has scored 40 or more points three times.


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