George Fox pummels Howard Payne 35-3
George Fox got its ground game going and forced five turnovers Saturday versus visiting Howard Payne, as the Bruins made quick work of the Blue Jackets with a 35-3 victory at Stoffer Family Stadium.
Both facets of the game were turnarounds from GFU's season-opening loss at Redlands, although the Bulldogs were certainly a tougher opponent and the Bruins thrived on the energy from the home crowd Saturday.
George Fox punted on its first two possessions, but began its third possession at the Howard Payne 37 yard line. Senior quarterback Josh Kibbe hit Bronson Ramos for a 32-yard completion on third down to set up the opening score, as Anthony Garcia scored from two yards out two plays later to make it 7-0 with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.
GFU coach Chris Casey used a total of three quarterbacks in the game, with freshman Jaden Sheffey making his debut late in the first quarter. He later connected with Kenny May for a 74-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 early in the second.
Both Kibbe and Sheffey took snaps on George Fox's next drive, but the end result was the same, as Wesley Riddell capped a four-play, 30-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge to give the home side a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Bruins had a chance to increase that lead just prior to halftime, but failed to convert on fourth down and five from the Howard Payne nine yard line.
George Fox took advantage of one of Howard Payne's five turnovers to get the offense going in the second half, as Austin Taylor's interception midway through the third quarter set up the Bruins at the Yellow Jackets' 37-yard line. Five plays later, Kibbe hit James Nguyen on a 12-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-0.
Rudy Hughes made it 35-0 just 19 seconds later, picking off HPU quarterback Gage McClanahan and racing 48 yards for a touchdown with 4:43 to go in the third. Chris Gray and Richie Hauser also recorded interceptions in the second half for the Bruins.
"Our crowd was incredible today," Hughes said. "We loved our student section and the energy they bring to the game. They fuel us. We can hear them in the background and we want to put on a show for them."
Kibbe led the offense by completing 8 of 15 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown, with Sheffey going one-for-two for 74 yards and one score. Connor Alexander also saw action Saturday, going two-for-two for six yards.
Offensively, though, the key was George Fox's running game, which was held to 65 yards on the ground in the 20-12 loss at Redlands. Led by Garcia, who gained 71 yards on 14 carries, the Bruins finished with 209 yards rushing Saturday. Riddell added 57 yards on 10 carries and Sheffey was also effective as a runner, picking up 46 yards on eight carries.
On the other side of the ball, Howard Payne (0-1) managed just 137 yards of total offense, including a paltry 27 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
George Fox (1-1) will return to the road Saturday to take on Pomona-Pitzer (1-1), which downed Lewis & Clark (0-1) 34-21 to pick up its first win of the season.
George Fox 3, UC-Santa Cruz 0 -- The Bruins earned their second consecutive shutout to open the season, with goalie Kelsey Kammezell needing to make only one save to earn the home victory Friday at the Austin Sports Complex. All three of the Bruins' tallies came in the second half, beginning with Chloe Schumaker's goal on a free kick in the 55th minute. Savannah Moisan scored just over three minutes later to double the lead and Megan Harrington added an insurance goal in the 76th minute. George Fox (2-0) will open Northwest Conference play on the road at noon Saturday versus Pacific.
Colorado College 3, George Fox 0 -- The Bruins saw their four-game unbeaten run snapped in the opening game of the Spike It Classic against the hosts Friday in Colorado Springs, Co., as the Tigers won 25-13, 25-12, 25-22.
George Fox 3, Minn.-Morris 1 -- The Bruins bounced back with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over the Cougars in Game 2 Friday. Aryah Marlow and Danyle Dupray slammed five kills apiece.
George Fox 3, Johnson & Wales 0 -- GFU hit 0.233 in the 25-20, 25-17, 25-12 sweep Saturday, including 15 kills to just three errors in the final set. Ashtyn Butler had 10 kills in the win.
Briar Cliff 3, George Fox 0 -- The Chargers prevailed 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 as the Bruins' hitting percentage dropped to 0.052 in the final game of the tournament. Sophia Lawrence paced the defense with 23 digs. George Fox (6-2) began Northwest Conference play Wednesday at Pacific.
Soka 4, George Fox 2 -- The Bruins fell behind 2-0 in the opening game of their California road trip before Alexander Robertson scored to make it 2-1 in the 70th minute. The Lions answered with back-to-back goals before William Rudd scored for GFU in the 90th minute on Saturday.
La Verne 3, George Fox 0 -- The Bruins (1-3) managed just three shots on goal and the host Jaguars rallied for three goals in the second half Sunday.