A .500 season will be on the minds of the Weber State football players as they take on Northern Arizona today at 3 p.m. at the Walkup Sky-Dome.
The Wildcats go into the game with a chance to finish the Big Sky season at 4-4, not a bad accomplishment for a team picked to finish 8th in preseason.They can also move to 5-5 on the season going into the season finale next week at McNeese State.
"We're anxious to play again," said Wildcat Coach Dave Arslanian, whose team had a bye last week after dropping three straight.
He shouldn't be anxious to play in Flagstaff, however. Weber State hasn't won there since a 28-7 victory in 1972. That's eight straight defeats there.
"I kind of like it down there," said Arslanian. "I don't know what the problem is."
Wildcat quarterback Jamie Martin, who is closing in on Dave Stireman's single-season passing record (he needs 293 more yards to break the 3,247-yard mark), should have perfect conditions to work under in the Sky-Dome.
The Wildcats' top rusher, George Jackson, who is coming off an injury, will play but won't be back to 100 percent. Also running back Gene Ethridge will be back.
NAU has a fine quarterback of its own in John Bonds, who leads the Big Sky with 23 touchdowns. His favorite target is Hendricks Johnson, who has caught 46 passes for 832 yards and 10 TDs. Inside linebacker Dwam Brandon leads the team in tackles with 89.