Oct 06, 2018

Bruins Unsuccessful Against Top-Ranked Pirates

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 
 

Photos Courtesy of Ben Blair 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox Bruins were unsuccessful against the No. 22-ranked Whitworth Pirates Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins fell in the Northwest Conference showdown, 38-14.

Recap:

The newly ranked Pirates found their way into the top-25 on D3football.com this week after upsetting the then-No. 11-ranked Linfield College, 19-14, on Sept. 29. The win snapped the Wildcats' 23-game NWC win streak and propelled them onto the national rankings.   

The Bruins did well to contain the Pirates in the first quarter, but 24 unanswered points in the second quarter proved to be too much.

The homecoming crowd of over 3,400 people settled in and got off to a great start as the Bruins ended the first quarter with a 6-0 lead. Jack Taylor found Kenny May on the sideline for the longest touchdown of the game. Taylor connected with May for a 60-yard touchdown to open up the scoring.

Whitworth made the most of the second quarter, finding paydirt three times on the ground and a late field goal to go into the break with a 24-6 lead.

Whitworth scored again early on in the fourth, but the Bruins continued to show some resilience. A 10-play drive late in the third quarter gave the Bruins some much-needed momentum. Jaden Sheffey and Wesley Riddell did most of the damage on the ground, as both players rattled off big runs to move the ball into the red zone. Riddell forced his way into the end zone after a second and goal on the 1-yard line. The Bruins went for a 2-point conversion after the touchdown as Sheffey's rush attempt was good.

Whitworth led 31-14 going into the fourth quarter.

The lead held on and the Pirates finished the game off with a late touchdown to edge the Bruins, 38-14.

Top Performers:

Jack Taylor threw for 174 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wesley Riddell led the ground crew with 11 attempts for 34 yards and a touchdown. Kenny May set a career-best 103 receiving yards on five catches.

Daniel Campos, Austin Taylor and Trevor Thiessen all recorded over 10 tackles on the day. Campos led the defense with 13 tackles and 0.5 tackles for a loss. Taylor broke up three passes on the day to go along with 12 tackles.

What It Means:

With the loss, the Bruins fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the NWC. Whitworth and Puget Sound are the last two teams to stay undefeated (2-0).

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look to bounce back on the road against Willamette on Oct. 13.