Oct 21, 2017

No. 19 Bruins Hang Tough Against No. 7 Linfield

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)
  • 2 NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • 2 NFL Draft Picks 
 

Photo Taken By: Ben Ludeman

McMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The weather wasn't kind for the top-25 showdown Saturday afternoon, as the No. 19 George Fox Bruins and the No. 7 Linfield Wildcats went to battle in a rain-soaked game. The Bruins held the 'Cats to the fewest points they've scored against George Fox in a 12-6 loss.

Recap:

The nonstop rain and wind kept both teams on the ground for most of the day, as fans enjoyed a top-25 defensive matchup. The Bruins were quick to showcase their high powered defense, forcing the 'Cats to a three-and-out in their first possession.

It was a tough go of it for offense, as the teams combined for 58 yards in the first quarter. Fans watched as the game was clear to be a defensive showdown with neither team giving an inch. The passing game was also nonexistent for both teams, as fans watched a combined six passing attempts after 15 minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Bruins came up big after the 'Cats had an opportunity to get on the board. The defense was relentless on third down holding the 'Cats to a field goal. 'Cats Willy Warne nailed a 32-yard field goal to give Linfield a 3-0 lead with five minutes left in the first half. After trading possessions back and forth, the 'Cats called on Warne again to improve upon their score. This time, Warne hit a 20-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to give the 'Cats a 6-0 advantage.

The 6-0 score at the half was the fewest points the Bruins have allowed from the 'Cats. Both teams combined for 69 yards of total offense at the break.

The Bruins' defense came out of the half not missing a beat. The Bruins continued to frustrate the top-ranked 'Cats with multiple three-and-outs. In fact, the Bruins held the 'Cats to a conversion rate of 4-17 on third downs. The defensive line was special the entire game, recording a team-high seven sacks on the day.

Linfield was able to score again in the start of the fourth after Warne hit his third goal from 43-yards. Warne connected again with three minutes left in the final quarter for a 35-yard field goal. The Bruins got on the board on the final play when Grant Schroeder hit Kenny May for a 32-yard touchdown to make it 12-6.

Neither team was able to get anything going on offense, as Linfield was held to 148 yards of total offense, while the Bruins put up 79 yards.

The 151 yards by the 'Cats was the second fewest they've had on the season. They recorded 141 yards of total offense against No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor. It's also below their season average of 387.2 yards per game.

Top Performers:

Charles Riga and Caleb Dalzell were stellar all day for the Bruins. Riga recorded 17 tackles with two and a half tackles for a loss and one sack. Dalzell recorded three and a half sacks on the day for 22 yards with 13 tackles on the day – 10 being solo. Daniel Campos was next up with nine tackles. Justin Kruse and David Ledesma also had a sack on the day.

What It Means:

The Bruins second loss comes at the hands of another top-ranked team. The Bruins are now 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Northwest Conference. The score was the fewest the Bruins have held the 'Cats to, while also recording the smallest margin of victory by the 'Cats.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins look to bounce back against Lewis & Clark College Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2:30pm for Family Weekend.