Nov 01, 2017

Game Preview: Bruins Host Lutes On Senior Day

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 
 

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- For 25 seniors, Saturday's home finale will mark the culmination of tremendous growth and accomplishment in front of their biggest supporters. Fans who file into Stoffer Family Stadium will get their final opportunity to bid farewell to a group of men who have served as pioneers for a program that, in just four shorts years, has earned the respect nationally as a team to be reckoned with.

Last week's 42-15 victory over Lewis and Clark secured the Bruins (6-2, 4-1 NWC) their highest single-season win total in program history. With Pacific Lutheran (2-4, 2-3 NWC) coming to town, the Bruins will get another opportunity to further cement this season in the record books.

Senior quarterback Grant Schroeder is coming off his most efficient game of the season against the Pioneers in which he completed 18 of 25 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Schroeder was also effective with his legs, leading the Bruins in rushing with 89 yards and a touchdown.

Schroeder's ability to get the ball in the hands of the Bruins' playmakers has made the George Fox offense efficient and explosive. Seven different receivers caught passes against the Pioneers while Lane Hadley, Brad Lander and Kenny May each hauled in touchdowns. The Lutes will roll into Newberg boasting the third best scoring defense in the NWC (18.5 ppg), meaning the Bruins offense will have to be sharp. Protecting Schroeder will be key as the Lutes rank second in team sacks with 21 on the season.

Last week, the Lutes were on the brink of pulling off a major upset as they fell to the 6th-ranked Linfield Wildcats in overtime 16-10. In the loss the Lutes outgained the 'Cats 292-185, and the quarterback duo of Walker LaVoy and Cole Chandler combined to throw for 250 yards and a score. The Lutes defense did not back down, holding Linfield to just 66 yards passing while recording four sacks and an interception.

The battle between the Bruins and Lutes could very well turn into a defensive slugfest as the Bruins have continued to dominate opponents. Charles Riga racked up 13 total tackles against Lewis and Clark, bringing his season total to 102, surpassing his total of 92 from a year ago. Combining an aggressive pass rush with a ball-hawking secondary has kept the Bruins near the top of the conference in scoring defense (13.6 ppg), sacks (25) and total takeaways (17).

The Bruins will look to pick up their fifth conference win of the season again the Lutes on Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.