Sports: Homecoming on Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium features GNAC’s No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense

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BY MAX BAYERN, Assistant Sports Editor

Brittany Rash/Observer

Saturday’s 1 p.m. homecoming game is shaping up to be a clash of the titans as Central Washington University’s (3-2 overall 3-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) No.1 defense takes on Dixie States (2-3, 2-2 GNAC) No.1 offense in Tomlinson Stadium.

It really comes down to this: Central allows 13 points per game versus Dixie State’s offense, which scores a smidgen above 30-points per game.

Central’s defense leads the GNAC in almost every defensive category highlighted by its No.1 scoring defense, allowing only seven touchdowns. The next closest is 14.

“[Central’s Defense] is playing great, one of the best I’ve ever seen,” sophomore running back Jordan Todd said. “They feed off each other.”

Central only allows opposing teams to convert on just 28 percent of their third down conversions.

Quarterback Griff Robles leads the DSU offense, his 14 pass touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdown lead all quarterbacks in the GNAC.

Central counters with Senior Stan Langlow and his 6.6 tackles per game, as well as sophomore defensive back Isaiah Davis.

Davis is coming off a three-interception game in a 7-3 Central win, and now has four to lead the conference.

Dixie State has impressive offense numbers in its first five games.

Their scoring attack generates 445 yards of total offense per game and throws the ball with great efficiency passing for 295-yard per game, both stats are good for number one in conference.

DSU tight end Joe Don Duncan tends to be on the receiving end of the attack.

He has grabbed 35-receptions and nine touchdowns on the season, averaging 88-yards receiving per game.

The Red Storm are also coming into the game rushing for 150 yards per game helped by Robles’ ability to rush for an average of 68 yards per game.

The Wildcats are still looking its offense to reach its potential; they only average 15 points per game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Nelson is still trying to get comfortable with the Wildcats offense.

He has thrown for 345 yards and four touchdowns in four games, and has yet to throw an interception.

“(Nelson) is doing well,” Todd said. “Quarterback is the number one position that takes time and experience.”

Todd is averaging 119-yards per game and has found the end zone three times.

“I don’t look to much into the stats, but I give the credit to my offensive linemen,” Todd said.

The last time Dixie State visited Tomlinson Stadium the GNAC title was at stake Central went on to win the game 51-19 to claim the GNAC title.

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