Players huddle together before lining up for a PAT kick after a touchdown against Humboldt State Saturday. (Oct. 7) (Deccio Creative)
Ending the first half of their season 6-0 the Wildcat’s are having their best season since 2009. Only losing 14 seniors, 10 of which were starters, last year the Wildcat’s were able to keep their offensive and defensive lines looking almost identical as last year.
With the O-line brotherhood returning for another year, the chemistry has been stronger than ever. With a strong chemistry and a group all roughly the same age, the offensive line prides itself this season on only 4 allowed sacks and over 1550 rushing yards on the season. To put this in perspective, CWU allowed 32 sacks and only had 1614 rushing yards for the entire season last year. At the halfway point, the offensive line has shown that they are dominant and capable of anything. With only one true injury on the o-line this year forcing the starting left guard, Nick Streubel to sit out two and a half games at the beginning of the season the consistency protecting the QB has been better than ever.
CWU has a few new faces though this year on the field and they have been quintessential to this winning season. QB Reilly Hennessey, and Eastern Washington transfer came in and took the lead from the beginning. Already throwing for 15 touchdowns, Hennessey came in and changed things up. Hennessey is a very vocal leader and makes it known when a player does something wrong or he doesn’t understand why something happened and it can be seen from the stands. He is always talking with his line and receivers when on the sideline at games, presumably working towards making the next series better. Another standout transfer is junior Tyler Hasty from Oregon State. Leading the team in interceptions, Hasty brings a different type of leadership to this team. He has been described by teammates as a lead by example type of player when on the field.
As the team gets ready to gear up for the second half of their season they have begun living by the motto “1 and 0 each week” meaning, the team only focuses on that week’s opponent. It doesn’t matter that they shutout Simon Fraser two weeks ago or that they beat the 17-ranked team last week. Western Oregon is up this week, and that is who they are focused on. Working harder than ever to fix their mistakes and play better and harder than previous weeks.
The Wildcats go into the second half of their season ranked 10th in the nation and hope to continue to climb. The team returns home October 21st when they take on Northern Alabama at 1 p.m.
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