By | Keaundrey Clark
After a season that saw Humboldt State Football go 6-5, the Jacks have rebounded and are sitting in second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 4-1 overall. Even with a recent loss to Central Washington, the Jacks boast the conference’s best offense averaging close to 47 points per game and over 500-yards a game.
In the backfield All-American, running back Ja’Quan Murphy is having another strong season with 664-yards and seven touchdowns. His 132-yards a game is top 10 in Division Two.
Quarterback Robert Webber leads the conference in passing with 17 touchdowns and 70 percent completion percentage.
It’s been a season of greatness for the Jacks. Players like sophomore Davaeon Johnson have a night to remember with a three interception game versus Chadron State. He took one back for a touchdown. Johnson’s three interceptions tied a Great Northwest Athletic Conference single-game record. Wide receiver John Todd had a 225-yard performance against Western Oregon. He has a 90-yard catch and run which is the second longest play in school history.
After starting 6-1 and scoring at a torrant pace, the Jacks have gone on a four game losing streak.
Leading this team in points is Junior, Francisco Caldron. He has 4 goals on the year. Junior Christopher Cherms has done well in the net with 46 saves
Humboldt State women’s soccer has bounced back from last season where they won four games total. Sitting at 6-5-1 and 2-4-1 in conference, the Jacks have been led by Junior Alex Jenkins who has six goals on the year. Sophomore, Katelin Talbert has done a great job in the net with 51 saves so far this year.
This week the Jacks host UC San Diego at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and Cal State San Marcos at 11:30 a.m.
The Humboldt State men’s and women’s cross country teams have been dominating so far this year.
The men’s team finishing in second place in the Humboldt State Invitational. A trip to San Francisco for the Gator Invite saw the Jacks get a top five finish. In Salem, Oregon for the Charles Bowles/Willamette Invite the Jacks got a 10th place finish. Down south in San Diego the Jacks got a fourth place finish at the Triton Classic.
The women’s team is one of the best in the west coast. They started the season with a first place win in the Humboldt State Invitational. A trip to San Francisco for the Gator Invite saw the Jacks get a second place finish. In Salem, Oregon for the Charles Bowles/Willamette Invite the Jacks got a first place victory. Down South in San Diego the Jacks got a fourth place finish at the Triton Classic.
The Jacks have been led by Annie Roberts. She was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Runner of the Week earlier in the season.
They have received national attention for its success this season. The Lumberjacks are currently ranked seventh in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Rankings and are receiving votes in the national poll.
When a team is on a losing streak, team cohesion and chemistry can be lost. The Lumberjacks volleyball squad is not one of those teams.
Sophomore, outside hitter, Lauren Reid has been incredible for the Jacks. With 175 kills, that lands her in the top 10 in the conference. She averages almost three kills per set. Senior Alex Lolland has 155 kills second on the team for the Jacks.
Senior middle blocker Janelle Ayala is top 10 in the conference in blocks with 55.