GFU joins national conversation with win
After opening the season with back-to-back games against ranked opponents, the George Fox football team was more prepared for a visit from Wisconsin-Eau Claire to celebrate homecoming Saturday.
The Bruins promptly jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and never threatened to let the Blugolds back in the game en route to a 44-0 win at Stoffer Family Stadium.
After carrying George Fox to a 13-10 win over then-ranked Redlands a week earlier, the defense was once again dominant, forcing two turnovers, registering four sacks and stopping Eau Claire on fourth down three times.
The Blugolds managed just 221 yards of offense at 3.2 yards per play and went five for 16 on third-down conversions.
Meanwhile, the Bruin offense got on track, rolling up 370 yards of offense on 56 plays for 6.6 per play.
After Grant Schroeder hit Brad Lander for a 23-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring and Jacob Swilling scored on a one-yard run to make it 14-0, neither team scored in the second quarter.
Schroeder got things going quickly in the third quarter, however, connecting with Lane Hadley for a six-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the second half. Schroeder and Hadley later hooked up for a second touchdown pass, this time from 60 yards out, on the final play of the third quarter to make it 28-0.
On the next play from scrimmage, Daniel Camps intercepted a J.T. DenHartog pass and returned it 28 yards to bump the lead to 35 points.
It just kept getting worse for Eau Claire (0-3) as the Blugolds fumbled the ensuing kickoff, with Trevor Thiessen recovering for the Bruins at the 22-yard line.
Five plays later, Schroeder picked up his fourth touchdown pass of the day, finding Evan Nelson from 12-yards out, but the extra point was blocked to make it 41-0 with 13:10 remaining to play. Kicker Jason Santoni closed the scoring about five minutes later with a 37-yard field goal.
Schroeder finished 15 for 22 passing for 231 yards and four touchdowns, with Hadley hauling in four receptions for a team-high 93 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
It appears the Bruins (2-1) are garnering some attention for their strong start, as they were listed eighth among "other teams receiving votes" in the D3football.com Top 25 poll released Sunday.
George Fox will play their only home night game at 7 p.m. Saturday versus Pacific in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.
California-State Intercollegiate — The Bruins captured their first tournament title of the season in record-breaking fashion after recording rounds of 292 and 293 for a program-best two-day total of 585 Sept. 18-19. That was six strokes better than the previous record and 25 better than second-place Chapman. Kristin Ellich carded rounds of 70 and 74 to earn medalist honors at 144, with Iris Kawada (146) taking third and Rachel Drgastin tying for fourth at 147.
Puget Sound Fall Preview — George Fox made it two in a row Saturday and Sunday by sweeping the top three spots at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash., which will host the Northwest Conference championships next spring. Freshman Alexandria McMenamin fired rounds of 74 and 78 for a two-round total of 152. Ellich was second at 154 and Kawada third at 155.
California-State Intercollegiate — The Bruins opened the season with a eighth place finish out of 12 teams by firing a school-record 291 in the opening round. George Fox then topped that with a 290 in round two to post a new program-best two-day total of 581. Alex Plusquellec and Mason Koch both finished with two-day scores of 142 to tie for ninth individually.
Puget Sound Fall Preview — George Fox carded team totals of 306 and 308 to finish third at 614, one stroke behind runner-up Whitworth. Clayton Rajewich led the Bruins with a fourth-place individual finish at seven-over-par 151 after posting rounds of 77 and 74.
Whitworth 1, George Fox 0 — The Pirates took an early lead on a penalty kick in the 12th minute and held on for the win Saturday.
George Fox 4, Whitman 0 — The Bruins built a 1-0 lead at halftime on Madison Hueser's goal in the 36th minute, then the flood gates opened in the second half with goals from Kayla Caldeira, Abby Anderson and Brittany Bravo. George Fox outshot the Blues 23-3 overall Sunday, including a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal.
George Fox 3, Linfield 1 — The Bruins pulled out 25-23 and 26-24 wins in the opening two sets, but the Wildcats forced a fourth game by taking the third 29-27. George Fox (3-4, 2-2 NWC) bounced back to take the fourth 25-20 and got 23 kills from Danyle Dupray in the road win Saturday night.