Nov 03, 2018

Bruins Grab Second Straight Road Win Over Pacific Lutheran

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 All-Americans
  • Four All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five 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)

Photo Courtesy of Jake Ryan 

PUYALLUP --- The George Fox football team was out in full force Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins came away with a conclusive 35-7 road victory over Pacific Lutheran.


The Bruins rattled off 13 points in the first quarter and a season-best 22 points in the second quarter to run away with a 35-7 road win. The Bruins produced one of the most dominant first halves of the season with an all-around team effort.  

The opening possession for the Bruins stayed on the ground, as Anthony Garcia and Jaden Sheffey helped the Bruins march downfield. After eating up eight minutes of the game clock, the Bruins found themselves on the 2-yard line. Garcia took the handoff from Sheffey and plunged his way into the end zone for the first score of the game.

Pacific Lutheran looked to answer on its next possession, but the Bruins' defense had other intentions. Brandon Piete intercepted Lutes' quarterback Nolan Hoover's pass and returned the ball to PLU's 7-yard line. With the Bruins hungry for more, Sheffey took it himself for a 5-yard touchdown.

The Bruins ended the first quarter with a 13-0 lead.

The second quarter was by far the most exciting for the Bruin faithful. The Bruins started the second quarter with the ball on PLU's 49. An 18-yard rush by Sheffey kept the Bruins in the driver seat, and the Lutes gave the Bruins 10 more yards after a defensive offside. Sheffey then found James Nguyen for a 19-yard touchdown pass and the lead increased to 20-0.

Jack Taylor switched off with Sheffey on the next possession and quickly went to work. Taylor connected with Nguyen and Spencer Clements during the 12-play drive multiple times to keep the sticks moving. Taylor kept the drive alive on a fourth-and-two with a 6-yard run to put the Bruins in the red zone. Taylor ended the drive with a nice pass to Clements for the 9-yard touchdown, giving the Bruins a 28-0 advantage.

With 1:49 left in the first half, Pacific Lutheran broke through with a 45-yard touchdown from Walker LaVoy to Brady Winter. George Fox was quick to answer back, though, as Taylor found Kenny May on a go-route for a 56-yard touchdown to end the half.

The Bruins went into halftime with a 35-7 lead.

The Bruins kept the ball on the ground for the second half to cruise to their second straight road win.

George Fox finished with 482 yards on the day, while the Lutes were held to 140 yards. Time of possession played a big factor in the win, as the Bruins came away with a season-best 43 minutes.

Top Performers:

Jack Taylor was almost perfect on the day, going 7-8 with 109 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Garcia led the ground crew with 17 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. Kenny May caught four passes for 82 yards.

The Bruins finished with four sacks on the day, as David Ledemsa, Antwon Weary, Riley Lusk and Roman Kleiber all got in on the action.

What It Means:

With the win, the Bruins are now tied for fourth in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins welcome Puget Sound for the final game of the 2018 season on Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Before the game, the Bruins will honor their 21 seniors.