Central Washington rallies past Wolves

The football team loses a tough one.


Western Oregon's D.J. Jackson (7) looks for running room on the Sept. 13 game against Central Washington.

MONMOUTH -- Eighth-ranked Central Washington rallied for a 31-24 football win over Western Oregon Sept. 13 at McArthur Field.

The Wildcats' winning score came on a 71-yard pass from Mike Reilly to Johnny Spevak. Spevak had 11 catches for 197 yards and two scores, and Reilly completed 29 of 35 attempts for 330 yards with no interceptions.

The Wildcats improved to 3-0 and 2-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western Oregon dropped to 1-2 and 1-1.

The Wolves looked to be in control early in the third quarter as quarterback Josh Riddell found receiver Isaiah Smith on a 53-yard pass to give WOU a 24-10 lead.

But the Wildcats then rattled off 21 unanswered points, including two scoring connections from Reilly to Spevak, and the Wolves found themselves down 31-24.

After a defensive stand, the Wolves got the ball back at their 23-yard line with 1:24 remaining. Riddell's next pass was intercepted by Adam Bighill to seal the victory for Central Washington.

Central Washington held the WOU rushing attack to only 17 yards on 23 attempts. Meanwhile, CWU cranked out 109 rushing yards. Last week against Western Washington, the Wolves rolled up 252 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Riddell racked up 332 yards on 13-of-24 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith had three catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. Demario Ballard caught a touchdown pass for the third straight game and had the first multiple touchdown game of his career as he hauled in two passes for 79 yards and two scores.

Gavin Romanick led Western with 11 tackles. He had one sack and another tackle for loss. J.T. Gilmore added 10 tackles. Andrew Jackson chipped in nine and Andy Douglas added eight.

Western Oregon had two opportunities for field goals in the second half but both of Juan Rodriguez's kicks went wide left, from 42 and 36 yards.


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