Oct 24, 2018

Game Preview: Bruins Face Pioneers On The Road

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)
  • Three CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017; Caleb Dalzell, 2019)
  • 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 
  • Two Cliff Harris Award Finalists (Charles Riga, 2017; Daniel Campos, 2019)
  • Two NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • Two NFL Draft Picks (Bob Hadlock and Randy Casey, 14th and 15th rounds respectively)

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG – After last week's 14-0 loss to No. 24 Linfield, George Fox (3-4, 1-3 NWC) looks to get back on track in a road game against Lewis & Clark (2-4, 1-3 NWC) on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Pioneers' offense has flourished this season, averaging an impressive 29.3 points per game, up from last year's 17.8-point average. The increased output was particularly evident in wins over Whittier and Willamette in September, in which they scored 46 and 39 points, respectively.

Key to Lewis & Clark's improved offense is junior quarterback Caden Voges and sophomore running back Michael Abraham. In six games this season, Voges has averaged 244.7 passing yards while tossing an impressive 10 touchdowns. He ranks second in the Northwest Conference in yards per game and third in touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Abraham complements the Pioneers' solid passing attack with his work on the ground. He averages 87.8 yards per game and has found the end zone seven times, ranking him second in the conference in both statistical categories. Against Whittier on Sept. 15, Abraham put up a monster performance, rushing for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

This week, the Pioneer offense will face a stiff challenge. Against Linfield, the Bruins held the nationally ranked Wildcats to a mere 14 points – just over half of what Linfield has been averaging per game this season. The Bruins have allowed only 15.1 points per game to opponents in 2018.

Junior linebacker Daniel Campos and senior safety Austin Taylor headline the stingy George Fox defense. Campos has been a force this season, racking up 60 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception. His 8.6 tackles-per-game average is good for third-best in the conference.

Taylor stepped up big against the 'Cats last weekend, recording 12 tackles and an interception while breaking up two passes. He has been an important anchor to the Bruins' secondary this season, racking up 53 tackles and three interceptions.

Since the rebirth of the George Fox football program in 2014, the Bruins have not dropped a single game to Lewis & Clark, going 4-0 in that span. A road victory would get the Bruins back to .500 on the season and help right the ship in conference play.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.