Aug 29, 2018

Game Preview: Bruins Open Season On The Road Against Redlands

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 D3football.com All-Americans
  • Four D3football.com All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five D3Football.com 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 
 

REDLANDS -- The George Fox football team opens the 2018 season against the University of Redlands Saturday, Sept. 1, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

This marks the fourth straight season the Bruins and Bulldogs will play one another. The Bruins currently lead the series 2-1, with wins in the 2015 and 2017 seasons. Both teams enter the season receiving votes in the D3football.com preseason top-25 rankings.

Last fall, the Bruins hosted the then-ranked No. 21 Bulldogs in their home opener and recorded a 13-10 upset.

George Fox returns a strong core of players from last season. The Bruins' defense has a plethora of players to lean on, including D3football.com preseason All-Americans Charles Riga and Caleb Dalzell. The duo combined for 23 tackles the last time these teams met. Jason Santoni was a big factor in the Bruins' win last season as well, as the junior kicker nailed a 48-yard field goal for the game winner.

The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Levi Plante, who threw for 1,509 yards and rushed for 610 yards in 2017. Conner Kennedy is also back for the Bulldogs and will assume the starting role as the lead back. With a majority of their upperclassmen back on defense as well, Redlands will prove to be a formidable opponent for George Fox.

This marks the first game of the season for both teams. Redlands is providing video and a live stats link that can be found here.