Sep 05, 2018

Game Preview: Bruins Host Howard Payne For Home Opener

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: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG --- After dropping a close game to Redlands in week one, the Bruins will look to bounce back in their home opener as they host Howard Payne on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Stoffer Family Stadium.

This will be the first time the two teams have faced off. George Fox will come into Saturday's matchup with a game under its belt, while the contest will be the first of the 2018 season for Howard Payne.

The Bruin offense took time to get into the groove in last week's opener against Redlands. A 13-6 halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome, although quarterback Jack Taylor played well in his debut and led a promising surge in the second half. George Fox will look to continue finding its rhythm on the offensive side of the ball against a Howard Payne defense that let opponents score an average of 56.4 points per game in 2017.

Howard Payne will trot out a number of return players who will look to test the Bruin defense. As a freshman last year, running back Brett Martinez rushed for 344 yards and three touchdowns while only playing in eight games. The Yellow Jackets will also look to sting in the air, where they feature sophomore wide receiver, Edwin Godfrey. Complimenting Godfrey is sophomore halfback Eric Haverstock, who was also a potent weapon in the passing game last season. The duo combined for over 500 yards and six touchdowns as freshmen in 2017.

Sophomore safety Tevin Dawson will be a factor on the defensive end, as he tallied 62 tackles and a pair of interceptions last season. Defensive end Jaylon Jeffrey is another name to watch out for, as he racked up four sacks and should be a test for George Fox's offensive line.

Saturday's matchup against Howard Payne will be a good chance for George Fox to kick their season into gear. Fans should expect to see some fireworks out of the Bruin offense against a Yellow Jacket defense that has historically let up a lot of touchdowns.