Nov 08, 2014

Tough As Leather: Bruins Earn First Victory After Defeating Pioneers

A Winning Tradition

  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • One AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American (Nolan Schuler, 2017)
  • One CoSIDA Academic All-American (Caleb Dalzell, 2017)
  • Two CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017)
  • Three All-Americans
  • Four All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five Team of the Week
  • Nine NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • One Cliff Harris Award Finalist (Charles Riga, 2017)
  • Two NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • Two NFL Draft Picks (Bob Hadlock and Randy Casey, 14th and 15th rounds respectively)

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Fifteen thousand fans have waited for it. Dozens of football alumni from the past six decades have wished for it. Coaches and players have spent endless hours pursuing it. And today the Bruins did it - they defeated the Lewis and Clark Pioneers 30 to 12 to earn their first victory as a new program.

The day could not have been more perfect for the Bruins. The team played under blue skies in front of a vibrant crowd of 2,751 that breathed energy into the game at every play. Strong Safety, Justin Leatherman, led the Bruins from the defensive end with two interceptions he ran for touchdowns - one in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter. The first put the Bruins ahead and the second put the Bruins out of reach of the Pioneers.

The Bruins defense held the Pioneers to just 12 points after putting up 42 points last week against Pacific. Charles Riga, nationally ranked for 7.5 sacks on the season, added to his impressive efforts on the season with another nine tackles. Leatherman led the defensive side with 10 tackles.  

The defense forced two interceptions and three fumbles on the day.

Grant Schroeder led an impressive attack on the offensive side throwing for 72 yards and one touchdown. John Shaffer gained 61 yards on the day with 16 carries. Derek Richwine led the receiving crew with 46 yards on four catches. Richwine and Schroeder connected once on the day for a touchdown.

The George Fox and Newberg communities have come by the thousands to cheer on the Bruins this year. More than 15,000 people came out to Stoffer Family Stadium this season, which will likely lead the conference and puts the Bruins as one of the top teams for attendance on the west coast.

The Bruins end their season on the road next week against Pacific Lutheran University. Fans who are interested in renewing or purchasing season tickets for the 2015-2016 can stay tuned for more information on early this summer.

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