Sep 23, 2017

Homecoming Success: Bruins Shutout Blugolds In Final Non-Conference Game

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: Ben Ludeman

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox football team closed out its non-conference schedule against the visiting Blugolds of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins recorded their first shutout since reinstating the program in a 44-0 victory.

Recap:

It was a scoring affair from the start, as the Bruins needed just two minutes off the game clock in their first possession to find paydirt. Grant Schroeder led the charge in the Bruins' first five plays before finding the trusty hands of Brad Lander for the 23-yard touchdown.

The Bruins continued to march down the field each time they had the ball, as Jacob Swilley was the second Bruin to score off a 1-yard touchdown run.

After the first 15 minutes of action, the Bruins took an early 14-0 lead to start the second quarter.

In the second quarter, both teams started to get a feel for each other, as neither team was able to add points to the scoreboard.

George Fox went into the locker room with a 14-0 advantage.

Eager to get back on the field in the second half, the Bruins opening possession resulted in 12 plays for another touchdown. Schroeder was able to lead the Bruins downfield before finding Lane Hadley for a 6-yard touchdown pass.

The Bruins' defense continued to look impressive all day coming up with big stops and turnovers-on-downs. In fact, the Bruins managed to force five turnovers from the Blugolds, and get to the quarterback four times.

After forcing a punt with just 15 seconds left in the quarter, the Bruins looked to add some flair before heading into the fourth quarter. Schroeder connected with Hadley again, who recorded a career-high 60-yard touchdown catch to put the Bruins up by 28.

The fourth quarter turned out to be the Bruins best quarter, as they added on 16 more points – one coming from a pick-six. Daniel Campos intercepted a ball to start the quarter, and returned it for a 28-yard interception return.

On the very next kickoff, Bruins' Abe Smith forced a fumble on his tackle and Matt Herring recovered for George Fox, placing the Bruins near the red zone. After a couple plays that inched them closer, Schroeder hurled up a pass to Evan Nelson, who made a fantastic catch in the back corner for the 12-yard touchdown.

The Bruins were able to add three more points before the game was over, as Jason Santoni drilled a 37-yard field goal.

Top Performers:

Schroeder breaks the school record for touchdown passes in a game with four. He previously had a total of five games with three touchdown passes. Schroeder went 15-22 for 231 yards and rushed for 39 yards. Hadley led the receiving crew with a game-high 93 yards and two touchdowns. Lander and Swilley were the other Bruins to find the end zone.

Charles Riga led the Bruins stellar defense with 14 tackles and one sack. Campos, David Vanoudenhaegen and David Prosser were the other Bruins to record a sack.

What It Means:

With the win, the Bruins improve to 2-1 on the season and will head into conference play as the second best team in the standings.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins continue their play in front of their home crowd Saturday, Sept. 30, against Pacific (Ore.) for the only night game of the season. The Bruins and Boxers kickoff at 7p.m.