Sep 16, 2017

Bruins Upset No. 21 Redlands In Home Opener

A Winning Tradition

 
  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • 20 All-NWC Athletes 
  • 6 NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • 2 D3Football.com Team of the Week (Justin Leatherman, 2014; Lenana Meekisho, 2015)
  • 1 D3Football.com All-West Region Team (Nolan Schuler, 2016 (third team offense)
  • 2 NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • 2 NFL Draft Picks 
 

Photos Taken By: Kevin Cline

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox football team hosted No. 21 Redlands in the home opener Saturday afternoon, as fans watched the Bruins upset the Top 25 team, 13-10.

Recap:

Fans piled in to Stoffer Family Stadium to watch the Bruins take on the top-ranked team in a defensive battle. Both teams were spectacular on defense, as a total of five interceptions and eight punts were combined for the almost three hour contest.

The Bruins were the first to get on the board, as their opening drive went for 71 yards on 12 plays. Jason Santoni played a huge part in today's game, as the sophomore kicker nailed a 24-yard field goal to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead early on.

The defense standstill continued from both sides, with the biggest coming at the start of the second quarter. The Bulldogs managed to creep into Bruin territory after a couple of completions, but with the decision to go for it on fourth and seven, Ryan Russo broke up a pass that caused turnover on downs.

The Bruins ran with the momentum, as Grant Schroeder used his receiving crew to full force marching down the field. Schroeder connected with Lane Hadley for nine yards on the Bulldogs 46-yardline, and then hit Brad Lander for another 9-yards two plays later to setup the Bruins just outside the red zone. Schroeder found Hadley on a nice crossing route, where he bounced off the defender to run into the end zone for the 21-yard touchdown catch.

With the Bruins leading 10-0, the game slowed down for the next couple of possessions. The Bulldogs stopped their drought with less than a minute left in the game on a timely interception. Bulldogs' Daniel Gonzales was able to record the pick-six for 25 yards, and put Redlands on the scoreboard.

The Bruins went into the half with a 10-7 advantage.

The second half was all defense. Both teams had trouble getting anything going, but the Bulldogs looked to add more points on the board halfway through the quarter. With a fourth and goal, the Bulldogs decided to go for it, but again, the Bruins stood tall holding the visiting team out of the end zone.

Three minutes later, though, the Bulldogs managed to kick one through the uprights to tie the game up 10-10 with 5:24 left in the third.

The Bruins responded two possessions later with another Santoni field goal, but this time from 48 yards - a new career-best for the young kicker.

George Fox entered the fourth quarter with a 13-10 lead.

The fourth quarter showed how tough the Bruins can be defensively, as the Bulldogs tried everything to get into the end zone.

The Bulldogs best chance came after they ran seven minutes off the game clock. With less than three minutes left, the Bulldogs had a 26-yard field goal for the tie, but it sailed wide left.

The Bruins tried to trim down some of the clock, but were forced to punt from their own 15. Santoni stepped up and dropped a 58 yard punt to put the Bulldogs back on their own 27 with 1:31 left in the game.

Redlands did well to move the ball within striking distance, but Ryan Russo ended the game with a late interception that sealed the game.

Top Performers:

Santoni went 2-3 on field goals for seven points and a long of 48 yards. He averaged 48.4 yards per punt and pinned the Bulldogs once inside the 20. Austin Taylor led the Bruins on defense with 13 tackles, while Charles Riga tallied 12 and Caleb Dalzell recorded 11. Dane Jensen was the final Bruin in double digit tackles with 10.

Brad Lander led the receivers with nine catches for 74 yards, while Lane Hadley was the lone receiver to find pay dirt. Schroeder completed 21 passes for 180 yards.

What It Means:

This marks the first upset over a Top 25 team for the Bruins since reinstating the program. The Bruins are now 1-1 on the season.

What Comes Next:

George Fox will host Wisconsin-Eau Claire during Homecoming weekend Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 pm at Stoffer Family Stadium.