Nov 04, 2017

Bruins battle Lutes on Senior Day

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 

By Alex Plusquellec

The George Fox football team got all they could handle Saturday afternoon, falling to Pacific Lutheran 13-3 on Senior Day.


The Lutes jumped on top early, capping of a 11 play, 68 yard drive with a three yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, Anthony Garcia retuned the ball 69 yards to the PLU 27 yard line, setting up a Jason Santoni 40 yard field goal to bring the score to 7-3 early in the first quarter. 

Despite giving up an opening drive touchdown, the Bruins defense settled in, forcing the Lutes to punt on their second possession. With the ball back in the hands of the offense, Wesley Riddell ripped off an 18 yard run to get the drive started and followed it up with 16 yards on his next three carries. After moving the ball into Lutes territory, another field goal attempt by Santoni deflected off the left upright and the Lutes maintained their 7-3 lead.

The Lutes began the second quarter with another impressive drive, moving 53 yards in just over seven minutes. After a picking up a first down at the George Fox 22 yard line, quarterback Walker LaVoy was sacked by Justin Kruse. The sack was enough to disrupt the rhythm of the Lutes, who settled for a 36 yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-3.

Again the Bruins were able to move the ball into PLU territory on their second possession behind the work of Jacob Swilley, but a big sack of Grant Schroeder on third down forced a Santoni punt. Another productive drive by the Lutes resulted in another field goal, giving PLU a 13-3 halftime lead.

Unlike most of the season, the Bruins weren't able to make the halftime adjustments needed to rejuvenate their offensive production in the second half. The defense for the Bruins did their part, shutting out the Lutes in the second half while forcing three turnovers to go along with a blocked punt by Caleb Dalzell.

After an interception by Caleb Harrell, the Bruins moved into the red zone looking for their first touchdown of the game. Facing a third and goal from the PLU 11 yard line, Schroeder's pass over the middle was tipped and intercepted by the Lutes' Carson Ketter.

The Bruins got another shot with just over nine minutes left to play, but a costly fumble was recovered by the Lutes, who fished off the road victory, 13-3.

Top Performers

Riddell turned in a solid day's work on the ground for the Bruins, totaling 62 yards on 11 carries for a 5.6 yard average. Swilley added 49 yards on 10 carries as the Bruins totaled 144 rushing yards as a team. Senior Ryan Russo came up big for the Bruins' defense, racking up 12 total tackles along with a sack and a pass break up in his final home game. Harrell and Austin Taylor each recorded interceptions for the defense which now has 20 takeaways on the season.

What It Means

The Bruins drop their first home game of the season and now sit at 6-3 overall and 4-2 in NWC play.

What Comes Next

The Bruins will finish up the season next Saturday as they travel to take on the Puget Sound Loggers. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.