The Humboldt State football team aims to capture its second Great Northwest Athletic Conference win of the year as it travels to face conference rival Western Oregon Saturday at McArthur Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
HSU returns from its second road trip to the Lone Star State following a 36-17 loss to UT Permian Basin last weekend. The Falcons jumped out to an early 15-0 lead in the first quarter behind a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Null. The home team added to its lead five minutes later off an 11-yard touchdown run from Adrian Walker. The Lumberjacks (1-5) trimmed the deficit to 22-17 in the third quarter with a pair of long touchdown passes from Joseph Sweeney to Kaleo Garrigan, but Permian Basin scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth as the home team held on for the win.
“Last week we saw that we can be resilient and fight ourselves back into the game,” HSU head coach Damaro Wheeler said. “That was the first time we’ve been down and put ourselves into position to take the lead. Unfortunately, we didn’t so we have to get better and find a way to put four quarters together. We are still evolving as a team and finding out a lot about ourselves.”
Evan Camarena and Demetrick Watts continued their impressive play on the defensive side of the ball as Camarena had two interceptions and Watts led the Lumberjacks with 15 tackles.
Sweeney finished the night with 192 passing yards, two touchdowns, while also throwing a pair of interceptions. Garrigan had four receptions for 88 yards and two scores while Tyree Marzetta finished with 102 yards on the ground with 12 carries
The Green and Gold will look to hand conference leader Western Oregon (5-2) its first GNAC loss of the season. The Wolves spoiled the Lumberjacks home opener with a 38-13 victory earlier this year.