Sep 07, 2019

Bruins Fall At Home To Open 2019 Campaign

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)
 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox football team opened its 2019 campaign at home with a tough test against (RV) University of Redlands. The Bruins were able to move the ball and scored quickly on several drives, but the Bulldogs were able to control the pace of the afternoon in a 35-19 win over George Fox.

Recap

George Fox won the opening toss and deferred to the second half. On their first drive, Redlands was stalled by the Bruin defense and was forced to punt. The Bruins had a strong start on their opening drive before a fumble at the Bulldogs' 47 yard line was recovered by the Redlands defense.

After recovering the fumble, Redlands marched 57 yards in ten plays for the first score of the game and a 7-0 lead. The Bruins' next series on offense ended in a punt and Redlands marched 82 yards to score again and took a 14-0 lead with 9:33 left in the half.

The Bruins went three and out again on their next series and Redlands killed the rest of the half with a 76-yard, 15-play drive that gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead at the half.

After the intermission, the Bruins came out with some good adjustments on offense and ripped off a 79-yard drive that spanned 12 plays for a score. Jaden Sheffey and Anthony Garcia helped do damage on the ground with 35 yards on the ground, while Kenny May helped set up the score with a 39-yard catch to the Bulldog 15 yard line. Garcia ultimately punched in the score with a six-yard carry to cap a six-minute drive.

The Bruins got another break on the following series. After forcing a three and out, freshman wideout Leon Johnson III lined up on the edge and blocked a Bulldog punt at midfield to give the Bruins good field position.

A long throw from Sheffey to May sailed just beyond the senior wideout's hands to start the series, but a scramble on third down of the same drive turned into a 56-yard score as Sheffey found Adam Hawker streaking uncovered down the left sideline to make it 21-13 late in the third quarter.

Redlands was able to string together an 80-yard drive on their next possession for its fourth score of the game, and another Bruin punt set up a fifth scoring drive in the middle of the fourth quarter for a 35-13 lead with just over four minutes left.

A quick strike from Sheffey to May down the middle ended a one-play, 11-second drive with a third score for the Bruins and made it 35-19 with 4:10 showing on the clock.

The Bruins tried an on-side kick that the Bulldogs recovered, but the Bruin defense held firm and forced a field goal that went wide left. With just over a minute left, the Bruins put together a final drive and moved the ball 20 yards before being stopped on fourth down to effectively end the game. A QB kneel by the Bulldogs ended the game.

Top Performers

May led the team with 129 yards receiving and a score. Sheffey was 11-16 for 231 yards through the air, and Garcia put together 43 yards of all-purpose offense on the ground and through the air. On defense, Daniel Campos topped the team with 14 tackles and Wyatt Adams was close behind with 12. Brandon Piete was the third Bruin with double-digit tackles, finishing with 10 on the afternoon.

What It Means

The Bruins open the season with an 0-1 record and fall to 2-3 in the all-time series against the Bulldogs in five consecutive meetings.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will travel to face the Alfred (N.Y.) Saxons at the Saxons' home field in Alfred, N.Y. on Saturday, September 14. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm ET.