SEATTLE, Wash - The Battle in Seattle for the Cascade Cup is over and done with, and the Cup is coming back to Ellensburg! Central Washington scored 25 second-half points, overcoming a 21-17 deficit, and defeating archrival Western Washington, 42-28.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 North Central Conference) in the head-to-head series with the Vikings (2-6, 1-5 NCC). Central has now also won four of five Battles in Seattle since the game's inception in 2003.
The Wildcats finished with a 373-316 advantage in total offense, and with a six-minute edge in time of possession. Reilly had another solid performance, completing 19-of-26 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Lopez carried the bulk of the load out of the backfield, rushing for 117 yards on 13 carries. His average was aided by a season-long 64-yard run in the second half, and he finished just four yards shy of his season- (and career-high) 121 yards on the ground.
Reilly's top targets through the air were Spevak (six catches for 100 yards) and Boonstra (seven for 70 yards).