Oct 28, 2017

No. 20 Bruins Break The Program's Most Wins Record After Beating Pioneers

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: Gary Breedlove

NEWBERG, Ore. --- It was a glorious day for the George Fox football team, as nearly 3,000 fans piled in on a sunny day to watch the No. 20 Bruins take down the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, 42-15.

Recap:

The game got off to a slower start than usual for the top-ranked Bruins, as the Pioneers were able to strike first with a 29-yard field goal. After trailing by three, the Bruins responded a minute later after a couple of completions led to a 50-yard bomb by Grant Schroeder to Brad Lander for the first touchdown of the game.

The Bruins finished the first quarter with a 7-3 lead.

The second quarter had a similar tune with both teams struggling to get anything going. The Pioneers managed to hit a 36-yard field goal with eight minutes left in the half to close the gap to 7-6 in favor of the Bruins.

The Bruins' defense came up big in the final minute of the first half with three key stops to force the Pioneers to punt with 40 seconds left. The Bruins started their drive with less than 30 seconds left to have a chance to expand their lead. Schroeder rushed for 13 yards to move the ball to the Pioneers' 45 yard line, and James Nguyen caught a 9-yard pass on the Pios' 36.

With one last play before the half, Schroeder heaved a deep pass to the end zone. Both teams had players pile in under the ball, and Lane Hadley got just a hand on it to tip it up, as Hadley fell to the ground he kept his eye on the ball. Hadley grabbed the ball just before it hit the ground for the 36-yard touchdown pass.

George Fox went into the locker-room with a 14-6 lead.

The second half was a completely different story for the Bruins, who managed to score 28 points in the final 30 minutes of play. The fourth quarter proved to be the best for the home team with three different Bruin players finding the end zone.

The impressive results in the second half comes as no surprise to the Bruin faithful, as the Bruins have scored 158 of their 261 points this season in the second half.

In the fourth quarter, Wesley Riddell kicked things off with a 1-yard touchdown run, while Kenny May next found paydirt on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Schroeder. Schroeder was the final Bruins to score on a gritty 7-yard touchdown run.

The Bruins finished the game with a 42-15 victory.

Top Performers:

Charles Riga, Daniel Campos and Austin Taylor all anchored the Bruins' defense with double digit tackles. Riga finished with 13, Campos recorded 12 and Taylor brought down 11. Both Rudy Hughes and Caleb Harrel recorded an interception on the day.

Grant Schroeder threw for his first 300-plus yard game with 325 yards on 18-25 passes. He recorded three touchdowns in the air, while rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown. Brad Lander led the receiving core with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

What It Means:

With today's win, the Bruins break the 2016 program record for most wins in a single-season with a record of 6-2. They also improve to 4-1 in the Northwest Conference. George Fox is in second in the NWC standings.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will host their final home game of the regular season against Pacific Lutheran at 2pm Saturday, Nov. 4. George Fox will honor its 25 seniors at 1:15pm.