Oct 31, 2018

Game Preview: Bruins Travel To Washington To Face PLU

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 (Bob Hadlock and Randy Casey, 14th and 15th rounds respectively)
 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG – After a 17-0 shutout of Lewis & Clark last week, George Fox (4-4, 2-3 NWC) looks to build on their momentum in a conference showdown at Pacific Lutheran (3-4, 2-3 NWC) on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Pacific Lutheran has yet to lose a home game in 2018, earning wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pacific (Ore.) and Willamette. The Lutes boast a defensive unit that ranks first in the Northwest Conference in total tackles (357). Instrumental in their success has been senior defensive back Matt Anthony, whose 8.9 tackles per game ranks first in the NWC. He has also contributed 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, and six broken-up passes.

On the offensive end, quarterback Walker LaVoy has quietly put together a solid season, averaging 111.57 yards per game while tossing four touchdowns.

In the Lutes' win against Pacific (Ore.) in week four, Wesley Nixon and Alex Rendon emerged as consistent downfield targets for LaVoy. Nixon racked up 105 yards on seven receptions and Rendon caught a ball in the end zone – one of his team-high three touchdowns on the season. 

The last time these two teams faced off, the Lutes got the better of the Bruins at Stoffer Family Stadium. This year, George Fox will look to return the favor.

The Bruins are coming off a strong showing on the road, shutting out a Lewis & Clark offense that was averaging 29.3 points per game before last week. Daniel Campos and Rudy Hughes were all over the field on defense. Campos, who leads the NWC in total tackles (70), contributed 10 tackles and one broken-up pass. Hughes did a little of everything, registering three tackles, one interception, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

Junior running back Anthony Garcia was the spark plug for the Bruins' offense last week, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. George Fox ranks first in the conference in rushing attempts (212) and third in rushing yards per game (143.8).  

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.