Wednesday, September 17, 2014
BURNBARY, British Columbia — The Western Oregon football team scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter as the Wolves defeated Simon Fraser 38-14 on Saturday.
A week after gaining just 17 rushing yards against Portland State, Western Oregon gained 148 yards on the ground against the Clan, led by running back Joe Harris with 82 yards on 13 carries.
Quarterback Ryan Bergman threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. Tyrell Williams led the Wolves in receiving yards with 105 yards and a touchdown, while Paul Revis added 92 receiving yards and a touchdown.
“Anytime you can run for 148 yards it is a good thing for your offense,” WOU coach Arne Ferguson said. “It helps balance your offense a bit. I thought Ryan (Bergman) played real well and had a good percentage on his completions. Tyrell (Williams) and Paul (Revis) had real positive games.”
Linebacker Tyler Johnson led the Wolves on defense with six tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Western Oregon hosts Central Washington on Saturday for the squad’s home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Wildcats are coming off a 48-14 win over Dixie State on Saturday and presents a tough challenge for the Wolves.
“Our guys enjoy playing Central Washington,” Ferguson said. “They are a well-coached team. We expect a very talented team. I predict it will be a very fast, physical game. After two road games to open the season, we’re just excited to be playing at home.”
SOCCER GOES 2-1 IN HAWAII: Western Oregon came away from a three-match road trip to Hawaii with two wins last week. The Wolves defeated BYU-Hawaii and Chaminade 1-0, and lost to Hawaii Pacific 3-1. Western Oregon opened its road swing against BYU-Hawaii on Sept. 9, which saw a scoreless tie broken in the 87th minute thanks to an own goal by the Seasiders. Goalkeeper Amanda Johnson made four saves during the match. The Wolves followed the win with a loss to Hawaii Pacific on Thursday. Allison Frost scored the team’s lone goal of the match. WOU’s final match against Chaminade saw Johnson, the team’s usual goalkeeper, play outside the goal. Johnson scored the winning goal in the 80th minute. Hillary Lutz recorded four saves as goalkeeper. Western Oregon hosts matches against Montana State Thursday at 3 p.m. and Northwest Nazarene Saturday at 11 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL GOES 1-3 AT TOURNAMENT: Competing at the Pac West/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Crossover tournament Thursday through Saturday, Western Oregon went 1-3 at San Rafael, Calif. The Wolves opened with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-27, 29-27 loss to Chaminade on Thursday, followed by a 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 defeat to Academy of Art and a 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 setback to Fresno Pacific on Friday. The Wolves concluded the tournament with a 25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 25-15 victory against Dominican University of California on Saturday. Alisha Bettinson became the first WOU player to have five service aces in one match since 2011 during the Wolves’ victory Saturday, while Charene O’Hara finished with a team-high 13 kills in the win. Jordin Ramos ended the victory with 23 assists. Western Oregon opened GNAC play at Montana State on Tuesday after press time and travels to face Seattle Pacific on Thursday. The Wolves (2-6) host Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington on Saturday and Monday. Start times are scheduled for 7 p.m.