ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Ahead of Saturday’s regular season finale against Texas Permian Basin, the Central Washington University football team will honor the following 14 seniors, along with their team IMPACT graduate Jarred Francis.
#2 CB NATE PERKINS
“Nate brings energy and enthusiasm to our program every day,” says Head Coach Chris Fisk said. “I enjoyed getting to know Nate and have great respect for the adversity he overcame to get back on the field and graduate during this time.”
Perkins has appeared in two games for the Wildcats this season. In 2021, he started in CWU’s first three games before suffering a season-ending injury. He registered two tackles and two pass breakups in Eastern Washington. Perkins is a graduate of Perkins HS in Fontana, California.
#7 RB CAMERON MCKINNEY
“Cameron has been a dedicated student-athlete to his team since he walked through the doors of Central,” said Coach Fisk. “He has always demonstrated leadership and was a great representative of what it means to be a wildcat. I appreciate his professional attitude and his representation of the football program on the SAAC committee.”
McKinney has been in six Wildcat games this year and logged 12 rushes for 67 yards. He was used extensively with kick returns and registered 10 returns for 181 yards, averaging 18.1 yards per return. He played eight games in his first season with the Wildcats in 2021. Prior to CWU, McKinney spent four seasons with FCS North Dakota. He is a graduate of Garfield HS in Seattle, Washington.
#8 WR TAI JOHN MIZUTANI
“TJ has made the most of his time at Central. He has worked his way up through position changes to become one of the most prolific WRs in our program. TJ has no end and will do special things going forward as a pro,” Coach said to Fisk.
Mizutani appeared in seven games for the Wildcats in 2022 before suffering a season-ending injury. He was a playmaker for the team and had 26 catches for 245 yards and a touchdown. His best performance of the year came against Midwestern State at Homecoming, where he put on a game for 10 receptions, 85 yards and a touchdown. In 2021, he appeared in all 11 games as a wide receiver, punt returner, and kick returner. He caught a season-high with four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in western New Mexico. Mizutani is a graduate of Iolani HS in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been with the Wildcats since 2018.
#20 CB TRISTAN WEST
“Tristan is a great teammate and a hard worker,” said Coach Fisk. “We have enjoyed having him here at Central and wish him all the best for the future.”
West did not appear in any games in 2022. Last season he was active in 10 games and had seven tackles, three each against Western Oregon and Lincoln. He is a graduate of JSerra Catholic HS in Corona, California.
#28 Daeon Hudson
“Daeon has endured more adversity in his time at Central than anyone deserves. I’ve learned a lot from Daeon over the years about commitment to a team and perseverance during difficult times. Daeon will be missed in the halls of Central Football,” said coach Fisk.
Hudson was a defensive stud for Crimson and Black and led the team in tackles (74). He has logged eight tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries and six QB hits this season. He recorded a season-high 14 tackles (11 solo) at #1 Ferris State to open the season. In 2021, Hudson was named First-Team All GNAC. He recorded 53 tackles in the season and had nine tackles in the team’s postseason game in Northwest Missouri State. A graduate of Lakes HS in Lakewood, Washington, Hudson has been a Wildcat since 2017.
#33 DL SONY FUAVAI
“Sonny has been one of the most consistent players here at Central since 2018,” said Coach Fisk. “He always gives his team his best and is one of the most humble men in the team.”
Fuavai has featured in three games for the team in 2022. He has scored a season-high eight tackles at Simon Fraser. In 2021, he saw action in seven games and recorded a season-high three tackles against Lincoln. Fuavai is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson HS in Auburn, Washington and has been a Wildcat since 2017.
#35 DL KAI GAMBLE
“I recruited Kai from high school to Central. Kai has consistently emerged as one of the best defensive ends to play at Central and LSC this season. It’s been a gift to see Kai grow as a player and as a person during his time at Central,” said Coach Fisk.
Gamble has seen action in eight games this season, recording nine tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks, both team-bests. In addition, he has recorded 32 tackles and three QB hits. His best performance of the year came against Western Oregon when he compiled 10 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. In 2021, he appeared in all 11 games for the Wildcats. Gamble is a graduate of Union HS in Camas, Washington and has been a Wildcat since 2017.
#36 WR HUNTER CORNER POWER
“Hunter has been through a lot during his time at Central. It was great to see Hunter find a home as one of the best special teams players. We’ve been fortunate to be here at Central for the last three seasons. Hunter goes on being great at whatever he chooses to do because he will put in the effort it takes.
Eckstrom has played in six games for the Wildcats in 2022. He’s put 43 yards in coming back in the excitement of #20 Texas-A&M Kingsville. In 2021, he made nine appearances, blocking a kick against Angelo State. A graduate of Lake Stevens HS, Eckstrom has been a Wildcat since 2017.
#57 OL SCOTLAND VICE
“Scott has been a rock in this program for the last 5 years,” said Coach Fisk. “He played every position on offense. Scott is a special breed of athlete that doesn’t get trained very often. I am fortunate to have been his coach for the past 5 years and will miss him when he is gone.
Vise has appeared in all nine games for the Wildcats on the offensive line in 2022 this year. His presence was felt throughout the LSC and helped the Cats be one of the strongest rushing attacks in the conference. In 2021, he was named a First-Team All-GNAC and GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started 10 games at center for the ‘Cats. Vise is a graduate of Franklin Pierce HS in Tacoma, Washington and has been a Wildcat since 2017.
#78 OL RAYMOND SCHALK
“Ray has been one of the most consistent players on offense over the last four years. He comes to work every day and gives everything he has for his team. Central are lucky to have Ray Schalk as a player,” said Coach Fisk.
Schalk has seen action in all nine games for Crimson and Black in 2022. He was a leader on the CWU offensive line, averaging over 335 yards per game and nearly 150 rushing yards per outing. In 2021, Schalk was named First-Team All GNAC and appeared in 10 games. He is a graduate of Seattle Prep HS in Seattle, Washington and has been a wildcat since 2017.
#91 DL CHRISTIAN PENNY
“I’m so excited to see Chris’ career come full circle and proud of him for struggling through adversity to complete what he started,” said Coach Fisk. “Chris is as talented as any football player who has ever walked through the doors at Central.”
In 2022, Penny appeared in seven games for the Wildcats, recording 21 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two QB hits. His best performance of the year came at Angelo State, where he had a season-high six tackles and added a sack. In 2021, Penny played in seven games and had 12 tackles. He was named First-Team All GNAC in 2017 and played in all 12 games, recording 19 tackles and blocking two kicks. Penny is a graduate of Chiawana HS in Pasco, Washington and has been a Wildcat since 2015.
#92 DL SEAN GORDON
“Sean is a person of the highest character and dedication,” said Coach Fisk. “Sean is an example of what it means to represent the core values of our program. In my opinion, Sean is the ultimate example of a great teammate.”
Gordon has played in eight games in 2022, recording 20 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He recorded a season-high five tackles against Western Oregon. In 2021, Gordon was named First-Team All GNAC. He played in 10 games and finished with 17 tackles. Gordon is a graduate of Lake Washington HS in Redmond, Washington and has been a wildcat since 2017.
#97K DANIEL GARCIA
“I appreciate Daniel for the effort he puts into training every day. He’s become a valuable part of our special team’s success this year,” said coach Fisk.
Garcia was part of the Wildcats’ core team. He is a graduate of Highline HS in Burien, Washington.
#99 DL ISAIAH CARBAJAL
“I recruited Isaiah to Central from high school. I’m proud of the player and leader he’s become for our program, and even prouder of the man he’s become,” said Coach Fisk.
In 2022, Carbajal has 24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and seven QB hits in eight games played. He recorded a season-high six tackles and four QB hits against Western New Mexico. Carbajal struggled with injuries last season but still featured in five games. A graduate of Mountainview HS in Vancouver, Washington, Carbajal has been a Wildcat since 2017.
TEAM IMPACT JARRED FRANCIS
“We are very proud to have met Jarred and are very excited for his future,” said Coach Fisk.
A native of Aberdeen, Washington, Francis joined the Wildcats in 2021 as a Team IMPACT top recruit. Francis was an official member of the CWU football team and as a team member he has joined the Wildcats at practices, games, team dinners and other events.
Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, Mass., is on a mission to improve the quality of life for children living with serious and chronic illnesses through the power of teams, lifelong bonding and life-changing outcomes.