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Boxers blank George Fox for first shutout in 42 years

Pacific uses a strong ground game to post an historic 36-0 victory over the Bruins

Pacific relied on its rushing game to overcome high winds and earn the program’s first shutout since 1972 on Saturday, as the Boxers renewed their Northwest Conference football rivalry against George Fox with a 36-0 beatdown of the Bruins in Newberg.

The Boxers rushed for 225 of the team’s 395 total yards, with most of it evenly distributed between four running backs.

Deven McKinney led the team with 62 yards and a touchdown, all of which came on the final drive of the game. Kamana Pimental rushed 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, Bronson Barretto carried seven times for 50 yards, and Bobby Ladiges rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a score.

The shutout was the first for Pacific football since the Boxers laid a 35-0 blanking on Southern Oregon to end the 1972 season, and it was the 10th shutout in 13 games all-time between Pacific and George Fox.

The win allowed Pacific to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in NWC play, the best conference start in program history.

Quarterback Warner Shaw completed 11-of-17 passes against the wind for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Darin Kamealoha caught two passes for 69 yards, both for touchdowns.

Elsewhere, senior Brandon Harms contributed 105 all-purpose yards, all of which came on punt returns. He broke off a 70-yard return in the first quarter — which ranks as the second longest in school history — and he added a 38-yard return in the second quarter, which set up the Boxers for their second touchdown of the contest.

That performance earned Harms selection as the NWC Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week.

Pacific will aim to improve to 5-0 in conference play on the road this weekend, traveling to Portland to face Lewis & Clark. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A win this weekend would give Pacific its first 5-0 start in conference play in the history of the football program, and it would assure the Boxers of no worse than a tie for a second place in the NWC standings. The next four teams — Whitworth, Pacific Lutheran, Willamette and Puget Sound — each have two losses.

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