Sep 09, 2019

Game Preview: Football Prepares For Longest Road Trip In Program History

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)

NEWBERG --- The George Fox football team (0-1, 0-0 NWC) readies for its second game of the season this week and its first road trip of 2019. The Bruins travel this weekend to face (RV) Alfred (N.Y.) (1-0, 0-0 Empire) at the Saxons' home stadium in Alfred, N.Y. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10:00 am PT.

George Fox looks to bounce back from a tough home loss to (RV) Redlands after dropping their season opener, 35-19. The Bruins had flashes of potential in all phases of the game.

Jaden Sheffey showed off the arm talent against Redlands with long scoring strikes to Kenny May and Adam Hawker, finishing with 231 yards in the air on 11-16 passing. The Bruins' defense produced two sacks and three tackles for loss, and on special teams the Bruins were able to come up with a blocked punt and more than 80 yards in the return game.

Daniel Campos and Wyatt Adams led the team in tackles and Brandon Piete was close behind as the trio accounted for 36 of the Bruins' 90 tackles, including a half-sack from Campos. The Bruins' front seven will see plenty of action this week against a tough rushing attack from the Saxon offense.

Like the Bulldogs the week prior, the Saxons are also receiving votes in the latest NCAA DIII football poll and are coming off a dominant 42-0 road win to start their 2019 campaign. The Saxons did almost all of their damage in the first half and led 35-0 at the midpoint against Thiel College (Pa.), punching in a final score in the second half of a shutout win that leaves little doubt about the Saxons' potential this year.

The Saxons were able to make their mark on the game with their running backs, combining for 325 yards on the ground, and added another 195 yards of offense through the air. Ben Burk led his teammates with 98 yards rushing and threw for an additional 71 yards and a touchdown, while Caleb Rinko and Aaron Griffin added 128 more yards on the ground as a good one-two punch combination at tailback for the Saxons.

Defensively, the Saxons will likely get good performances once again from Nick Milgate and Leo Pamphile. The duo tallied 18 tackles and five tackles for loss as well as four sacks against Thiel as part of the Saxons' shutout defensive effort to start their season. 

This is the first-ever meeting between the two teams and the furthest that the Bruins have ever traveled to play an away game, as George Fox will traverse the entire continent and a distance more than 2200 miles for the matchup against the Saxons. Previously, the program record for travel came from the 2017 season opener against Wisconsin-Plattville on Sept. 2, 2017.

Live links to the action are available on the Bruins' schedule page, found here.