Oct 25, 2017

Game Preview: No. 20 Bruins Host Lewis & Clark on Family Weekend

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 
 

Photos Taken By: Ben Ludeman

By Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Following a narrow 12-6 road loss to seventh-ranked Linfield, the No. 20 Bruins (5-2, 3-1 NWC) look to get back in the win column against an improved Lewis & Clark squad Saturday, Oct. 28.

The Pioneers, sitting at 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Northwest Conference, have shown improvement under third-year head coach Jay Locey. Locey and his squad picked up their first conference win since his hiring, taking down Willamette 24-21 in September. Lewis & Clark also owns a victory over Pomona-Pitzer this year and is coming off a close 17-7 loss to Pacific on Oct. 21.

Since the relaunch of the George Fox football program, the Bruins have had the Pioneers' number: In the previous three matchups, George Fox is 3-0 and has outscored Lewis & Clark 131-60 during that span. 

Against Linfield, George Fox's offense was slowed by a combination of the elements and a stingy Wildcat defense. In the wind and rain, the Bruins accounted for just 144 total yards on 52 plays while turning the ball over three times. With Lewis & Clark coming to town, the Bruins will get an opportunity to get back on track offensively, as they face a Pioneers' defense that gives up an average of more than 400 yards and 31 points per game. 

Despite last week's loss, the Bruins' defense is still among the best in the NWC. Through seven games, George Fox is giving up just 13.4 points per contest and leads the conference in tackles per game (78.4) and total number of sacks (23). The duo of Charles Riga and Caleb Dalzell are coming off arguably their best performances of the year, as the two defensive standouts combined for 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks against Linfield. Dalzell recorded seven and a half tackles for a loss in the game against Linfield, which is the most by any Division III player in a single game this season. His game earned him a spot on the D3Football.com Team of the Week and a NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honor.

Dalzell and Riga, along with the rest of the defense, will be tasked with shutting down a Pioneer offense that averages 11 yards per completion and just under 3.5 yards per rush. 

With a victory, the Bruins would extend their winning streak at Stoffer Family Stadium to eight games. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.