Bruins pound Boxers 27-7 to go 3-1
Leaning heavily on its defense, the George Fox football team ground out a 27-7 victory over Pacific to open the Northwest Conference season Saturday night at Stoffer Family Stadium.
Aside from a personal foul on the Boxer's first drive, neither team recorded a first down during the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Bruins snapped that streak with a 12-play scoring drive that began at their own 33-yard line with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter and ended with a four-yard keeper from senior quarterback Grant Schroeder on the second play of the second quarter.
Pacific answered with a drive into GFU territory, but was turned away on fourth and seven at the 29-yard line when linebacker Charles Riga brought down quarterback J.T. Greenough after a three-yard gain.
The Bruins capitalized on the swing in momentum, with Anthony Garcia breaking free for a 29-yard run on the next play. Two plays later, Schroeder connected with wide receiver Brad Lander for a 43-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-0 with 9:12 remaining in the second.
Boosted by a 41-yard kickoff return, the Boxers began their next drive at the George Fox 42, but a holding penalty put them behind the sticks and Austin Shadbolt intercepted Greenough on third down and 20.
The Pacific defense forced a three and out on the next possession, but George Fox flipped the field position with a 55-yard punt from Jason Santoni that pinned the Boxers at their own two yard line.
The two teams traded punts, giving Pacific one more possession with 1:27 remaining before halftime. The Boxers drove to set up a field goal from the 11-yard line, but it was blocked by senior defensive lineman Justin Kruse. The ball ended up in the hands of defensive back Rudy Hughes, who was driven back inside the 10 yard line before he lateraled to Riga, who broke free and rumbled 94 yards for a touchdown with no time remaining to give the Bruins a 21-0 lead at the break.
Pacific (0-2, 0-1 NWC) put together an 11-play, 73-yard drive on their first possession of the third quarter and made it 21-7 on a five-yard touchdown pass from Greenough to Kevin McGee with 8:03 to go, then intercepted a Schroeder pass on George Fox's next drive. That resulted in a missed field goal attempt and the Bruins put the game away with an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that saw Schroeder hit pay dirt on a 16-yard run with 12:45 remaining in the fourth.
Schroeder led George Fox (3-1, 1-0) with 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries and went six-for-16 for 105 yards passing with one scoring pass.
The Bruins will travel to play No. 22 Whitworth, which fell 38-9 to No. 7 Linfield on Saturday in Spokane. George Fox was sixth among "other teams receiving votes" on the d3football.com Top 25 poll.
George Fox 1, Linfield 1 — The Wildcats scored in the 50th minute, but Chloe Schumaker scored her third goal of the season to equalize for the Bruins.
George Fox 1, Lewis & Clark 1 — Madision Hueser headed home a cross from Allie Day to give the Bruins (4-3-2, 2-2-2 NWC) a short-lived lead Sunday, but Caroline Hennes answered back for the Pioneers six minutes later.
ITA Regional Championships — Senior Spencer Watanabe and freshman William Leach made it an all-George Fox final for the first time in program history, with No. 2 seed Watanabe prevailing 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the ITA Oracle Cup National Championship and earn All-American status for the third time in his career. Leach defeated three Whitman players, including No. 1 seed Zach Hewlin, to advance the final.
Pacific Lutheran 3, George Fox 0 — Bennett Bugbee scored in the third minute to give the Lutes an early lead and Eddie Na added a goal on each side of halftime to secure the result Saturday.
Puget Sound 1, George Fox 0 — The Bruins (4-8, 2-4) saw their scoreless streak extend to five games, with Chet Selis netting the Loggers' lone goal Sunday.
Whitman 3, George Fox 2 — The Bruins opened with a 25-21 win in the first set Friday night, but found themselves on the brink after the visiting Blues picked up 25-17 and 25-14 victories. George Fox forced a fifth set with a 25-11 rout in the fourth, but fell 15-8 in the deciding set. Ashtyn Butler led GFU with 15 kills.
Whitworth 3, George Fox 0 — The Pirates swept 25-17, 25-22, 30-28 and remain in a first-place tie with Pacific and Pacific Lutheran at 5-1. Danyle Dupray had 10 kills for the Bruins (3-6, 2-4).
Greater Louisville XC Classic — Maci Jokumsen placed 31st (19:22) to lead the George Fox women to 11th place out of 18 teams. Spencer Elmore was the top finisher for the Bruin men, who were 18th out of 21 teams, after crossing in 26:39.51 to place 53rd.
George Fox 9, Mills 0 — The Bruins blanked the Cyclones, winning all three doubles matches 8-0 and all six singles bouts 6-0, 6-0 Friday in Vancouver, Wash.