When the Wildcats step on the field against the Fort Lewis Skyhawks on Saturday night, fans will expect a return to the explosive offense of previous years.
It should be a much easier task this week considering the Skyhawks are unranked and picked last in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The game will kick off at Shotwell Stadium at 6 p.m.
The ACU offense will be looking to find their rhythm after a less than stellar performance against the Bearcats’ last week.
“We just need to focus on what we need to improve on from week to week,” said Head Coach Chris Thomsen. “We won last week, but there was a lot of things we need to improve on. I think we had a great week in practice and got better as a team.”
The quarterback tandem of Zach Stewart and Clark Harrell will have an easier time throwing the ball against an overmatched Skyhawks team.Â The defense – which scored a touchdown and recorded a safety last week – should continue its quality performance.
Fort Lewis is coming off a win against the Oklahoma Panhandle Aggies in their first game of the season. The Skyhawks defense played well, forcing two turnovers and holding the Aggies to 83 yards passing. Fort Lewis’ two quarterbacks, Justin Peters and Tim Jenkins, also performed well. They shared snaps and each scored at least one touchdown, rallying the Skyhawks after an early deficit pull out a 23-13 victory.
“They have a pretty good quarterback and running back,” Thomsen said. “They have some explosive players on offense.”
However, the outlook is not as rosy for the Skyhawks this time. The Wildcats come into the game ranked second in the nation, and they are heavily favored over the Skyhawks.
This is the Wildcats’ final non-conference game before they play Texas A&M-Commerce at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next week.