ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University student-athletes dominated the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)/Red Lion Hotels Athlete of the Week honors, receiving four awards for the week for September 23 through 29.
In football, two sophomores, running back Jordan Todd, Bellevue, and kick returner Isaiah Davis, Bremerton, were honored among the top players during the period.
Todd, named the co-Offensive Player of the Week, rushed for a GNAC-season high 189 yards and set up a first-quarter touchdown with a 53-yard run to lead CWU to a 7-3 win at Azusa Pacific. Davis was named the Special Teams Player of the Week after recording 100-return yards for the Wildcats—66 on four punt returns and 34 on two kickoff returns—during the game.
“Jordan does what’s asked of him. We put a lot on his shoulders last Saturday and—once again—he proved he can handle the load,” said John Picha, CWU head football coach. “Isaiah has been a human-highlight reel. He does a great job on our returns and he does it every week. When our kids get these honors it shows we have a very healthy program, and that the Wildcats are a team that is going to battle every weekend.”
With last Saturday’s victory, CWU moved into a tie for first place in the GNAC standings.
In women’s soccer, junior midfielder Savanna Moorehouse, Bonney Lake, and senior defender Tarah Duty, Black Diamond, were named, respectively, the GNAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
Moorehouse scored three goals, including the game-tying tally against visiting Montana State University Billings in the 71st minute of CWU’s 2-1 overtime victory on Saturday. Her goal set up a game-winning goal in overtime. Moorehouse leads the conference in shot attempts and is third in the GNAC in points.
Duty anchored a back line that allowed just two goals during more than 180 minutes last week. She also contributed to the Wildcats’ offensive success with three assists on Thursday and two more on Saturday. She is now leading the conference in assists.
“Having two Wildcats named as players of the week is a first for Central soccer, but both players deserved the award,” said Michael Farrand, CWU women’s soccer head coach. “We’ve worked very hard as a program, on- and off-the-field, to recruit and draw the best student-athletes. We continually play one of the toughest schedules in the country in the fifth toughest conference in the country—our program is one to be reckoned with.”
With two wins last week, including a 4-1 victory last Thursday over Northwest Nazarene, CWU moved up to third place in the GNAC race.
CWU Athletic Director Dennis Francois added, “Conference honors of this nature point out the tremendous effort that coaches Picha and Farrand, and all of our coaches and staffs, are doing in elevating their respective programs to ensure the best student-athlete experience. They also indicate the intense pride our student-athletics are showing in representing Central.”
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 30, 2013