Big third quarter boosts the Cats

It remains to be seen how the Wildcats season will shape up, but on Saturday night they looked like the team that would have an offense to contend with.

Granted it was against a lesser division team, but Arizona rebounded from a poor showing last week to score 45 points and amass 490 yards. Add to that over 130 NAU penalty yards and it was a pretty impressive performance for the Wildcats.

It was Willie Tuitama's night. The junior threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers.

The Wildcats scored on their very first drive. Tuitama completed five of seven passes and capped the drive with a 21 yard pass to Mike Thomas.

It would be the Wildcats' lone offensive score of the first half.

The only other Wildcat score in the half came from special teams. Antoine Cason fielded a punt at the 30, sidestepped a Lumberjack, reversed field and raced 70 yards for the score.

Arizona looked much better in the third quarter. The Wildcats scored 24 points, including touchdown catches by Terrell Turner, Anthony Johnson and Rob Gronkowski all hauled in touchdown passes.

Dalashaun Dean got into the act in the fourth quarter with a diving grab to finish off the scoring.

NAU looked to make it game early in the fourth quarter. NAU quarterback Lance Kriesien got into the endzone on a two-yard keeper. The Jacks went with a pooch kick that the Wildcats could not field and NAU recovered at the 22. Two playes later Lionel Scott took the option pitch and waltzed into the endzone.


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