Weber State moves past loss to Cal to prepare for Sacramento State

Thursday , September 14, 2017 - 5:15 AM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The Weber State Wildcats won’t spend much time licking their wounds after their missed opportunities against Cal last Saturday as now they prepare for a trip back to California to face the Sacramento State Hornets in a non-conference bout.

“I was glad to see us be in it, because there’s a lot of teams that think they can be in games and aren’t,” WSU head coach Jay Hill said. “It was good to really have that happen. We’ve got to move on though. We can’t let Cal beat us twice. We’ve got to move on and put all of our focus and attention to Sac State, because I think they’re a good football team this year.”

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The Hornets (1-1) are coming off a dominating 56-22 home-opener win over Sunbelt Conference team Incarnate Word. Hornet junior cornerback Dre Terrell was named the STATS FCS Player of the Week and Big Sky Defensive player of the week after he recorded three interceptions and a team-high six tackles in the win.

Although Sacramento State finished the season last year with a record of 2-9 to finish second to last in conference, Hill said he believes the team has improved under head coach Jody Sears and can’t be overlooked.

“They look better. I like what they’re doing,” Hill said. “Bottom line, they’re a good football team, they always have been a good football team and they look like they’re hitting on all cylinders right now based on their last game.”

Sears recognized the Wildcats’ performance against Cal, and calls Saturday’s game a “huge challenge” for the Hornets.

Weber State has won the last two meetings between the two teams, and leads the overall series 13-8.

“We’re going to be up against a really good team that in all rights outplayed a Pac 12 team, hands down. We’re going to find out where we are come Saturday,” said Sears. “In my opinion, they handily took care of Cal, a quality Pac 12 team. It’s going to be a big mountain to climb for our skill guys, our receivers, but at the same time, we’ve got to go execute.”

Sears also mentioned Wildcat quarterback Stefan Cantwell and the many weapons he has to throw to as hazards that will keep the Hornet defense on their toes.

“You talk about the running game and next thing you know, that ball is getting launched down field to some guys that can really go,” Sears said. “The speed of (Darryl) Denby and the speed of (Drew) Batchelor and TyJuan (Prince) and Rashid (Shaheed), those guys can really go and they’re quality receivers. It’s going to be a huge, huge, huge challenge for us.”

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. MDT inside Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, and will be streamed live through PlutoTV on channel 233. Steve Klauke along with former Wildcat running back Bo Bolen will be on the call on 1430 KLO.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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