Sep 01, 2018

Bruins Drop Season Opener to 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 came up just short in the season opener Saturday night, as the Bruins fell to the University of Redlands, 20-12.

Recap:

This marked the fourth straight meeting between the Bruins and the Bulldogs. With the Bruins dropping the decision, the series is now tied at 2-2 with neither team losing a game at home.  

Redlands was the first to get on the board, as Nathan Hierlihy split the uprights in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs continued to increase their lead into the second quarter after Levi Plante found Noah McFadden for the 12-yard touchdown pass.

Sophomore quarterback Jack Taylor made his collegiate debut for the Bruins, leading the team to 308 yards of total offense on the night. Taylor helped the Bruins find some momentum in the second quarter as the team looked for an answer. After six plays and running nearly five minutes off the clock, junior running back Wesley Riddell dove into the end zone for the Bruins' first touchdown of the night.

A late Hierlihy field goal gave the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead going into the half.  

The second half showed a lot of promise for the Bruins, as they looked to find their way on the offensive side of the ball. Taylor continued to gain experience as the play caller, finding seven different receivers through the night. With Redlands leading 20-6 midway through the fourth quarter, Taylor found James Nguyen for a 63-yard strike to cut the deficit to eight. A two-point conversion rush by Taylor came up just short and the Bulldogs led 20-12 with seven minutes left in the game.

The game ended with a couple of late penalties, not in favor of the Bruins, and the Bulldogs secured the game with a couple of late first downs.

Top Performers:

Taylor led the offense on the night, going 18-35 with 229 yards and a touchdown. Preseason All-American Charles Riga led the Bruins' defense with a team-high 17 tackles, while Austin Taylor finished with 12.

What It Means:

The Bruins drop their season opener and move to 0-1 on the season.

What Comes Next:

George Fox will look to bounce back next week when the Bruins host Howard Payne Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.