Oct 20, 2018

Bruins Hang Tough Against No. 24 Linfield

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 
 

NEWBERG --- On a warm Saturday afternoon, the Bruin faithful pilled in to watch the George Fox football team put up a valiant effort against No. 24 Linfield in a 14-0 defeat.

Recap:

It was an all-out defensive effort by both sides from start to finish. The Bruins were unable to find any rhythm on offense, while the 'Cats couldn't seem to figure out the Bruins' defense.

The first four opening possessions led to both teams sending out their respective punters, but the Wildcats were able to break through with a 36-yard catch by Jacob Calo late in the first quarter. The Calo catch setup running back Chidubem Nnoli for a 5-yard touchdown to give the 'Cats a 7-0 lead.

The 'Cats scored again at the start of the second quarter with another Chidubem touchdown. This time it came from quarterback Wyatt Smith who dumped off the 4-yard touchdown.

Each side couldn't find any wiggle room the rest of the first half as the 'Cats went into the break with a 14-0 lead.

That score would hold up, but the Bruins had a couple of chances to take momentum back on their side. Ethan Kassebaum was a late second-half spark for the Bruins, as the freshman running back from Oregon City was explosive with his four carries. Kassebaum helped the Bruins sneak into the red zone at the start of the fourth, but a fourth-and-10 resulted in an incomplete pass.

Top Performers:

Jack Taylor led the offensive core, going 6-15 with 64 yards. Kassebaum led the Bruins run game with a 9.5 average per carry, while Evan Nelson led the receivers with three catches for 33 yards.

Jacob Rhea kept the Bruins in the game all day with nine punts for 309 yards and an average of 34.3 per punt.

Austin Taylor led the Bruins' defense with 12 tackles, one interception and two broken up passes.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 in the NWC>

What Comes Next:

With three games remaining on the season, the Bruins will travel to Lewis & Clark Saturday, Nov. 27, with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.