Zoe Strickland | Managing Editor
The Wolves spent Oct. 23 in a deadlock against the No. 22-ranked Humboldt State University Lumberjacks — eventually succumbing to a 48-49 loss in overtime. This was the first home game of the season for Western.
Ultimately, the Wolves would get 517 offensive yards for the day. The players to watch included senior Paul Revis, who accumulated a whopping 176-yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore Torreahno Sweet, whose 111-yards gained the Wolves three touchdowns throughout the course of the game.
HSU obtained the majority of their points by taking advantage of long plays and holes in Western’s defensive line. Western’s path to points involved more plays and ultimately more time in possession of the ball.
Fans saw a continuous back-and-forth between the two teams, with the Lumberjacks leading 7-14 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw three touchdowns at the hands of senior Kenny Portara, Revis and Sweet, raising the score to 28-14 at the half.
Though the third quarter began to even out the score, the Wolves held the lead with 35-28. What began to look promising in the third quarter ultimately came to a halt in the fourth.
A 42-42 tie at the end of the fourth led the game into overtime. The overtime caused both teams to kick it into gear; the Lumberjack’s Ja’Quan Gardner and Wolves’ Sweet both scored touchdowns at the top. Lumberjack Jose Morales completed the kick, bringing HSU to a combined 49 points.
The roughest moment of the day came when Wolves junior Adrian Saldana missed the kick that would’ve once again tied the game 49-49. Instead, the Wolves surrendered the win to the Lumberjacks. This was the third consecutive home loss for the Wolves against HSU. They face the team again on the road in October.
The loss results in the Wolves falling 1-3 overall. On Sep. 30 the Wolves head to Glendora, CA to head off against Azusa Pacific. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
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