Oct 10, 2018

Game Preview: Bruins Hit Road Against Bearcats

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 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG – After a tough 38-14 loss to nationally ranked Whitworth last week, George Fox (2-3, 0-2 NWC) looks to get back on track with a Northwest Conference matchup against Willamette (1-3, 0-2 NWC) on the road Saturday, Oct. 13.

George Fox hung tough early on against the Pirates last week, taking a 6-0 first-quarter lead on a beautiful 60-yard touchdown pass from Jack Taylor to Kenny May. Whitworth caught fire in the second quarter, however, rattling off 24 unanswered points to take a lead that proved to be too much for the Bruins to overcome.

This week, the George Fox defense will have to contend with Willamette's junior quarterback Mathew Castaneda, who's averaging 192.8 passing yards per game and has found three different receivers in the end zone. He leads the Bearcats in rushing as well, averaging just over 33 yards per contest to go along with two touchdowns.

On defense, the Bearcats trot out an experienced linebacker corps. Junior Alec Stevenson leads the group with 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Senior Jackson Lewis will be a force as well, having racked up 29 tackles in only four games.

In Willamette's 25-6 road win against Occidental College in week two, Castaneda threw for 262 yards and a touchdown while also managing to find the end zone on foot. The Bearcats' defense shined as well, holding Occidental to just 164 yards of total offense behind Stevenson's nine tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Bearcats allow opponents to score 39.5 points per game while giving up an average of 210.5 passing yards, leaving the door open for Taylor and his wide receiver group to exploit Willamette's secondary. On the defensive end, Bruin linebacker Daniel Campos will look to continue his recent dominance against a Willamette backfield that averages only 50.8 yards per game. So far this season, Campos has racked up 40 tackles – 3.5 of which were for a loss – and one interception.

Saturday's kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.