Sep 16, 2019

Game Preview: Bruins Prep For Homecoming Bout With Pomona-Pitzer

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 --- After falling 15-14 in a hard-fought effort at (RV) Alfred (N.Y.) last weekend, the George Fox football team prepares to host its Homecoming opponent, Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 pm.

George Fox racked up 129 yards on the ground and scored twice after carries by Ethan Kassebaum and Anthony Garcia found pay dirt. Jaden Sheffey also helped move the chains both on the ground and through the air against the Saxons last week and accounted for 107 yards of offense with his rushes and his passing.

Daniel Campos led the team in tackles for the second straight week and was heavily involved against a run-based Saxon offense. Campos finished the game with 13 total tackles and 2.5 sacks, as well as a pass breakup.

Wyatt Adams tallied eight tackles, including one for a loss, and Bradley Thurber accounted for three tackles and an interception for 17 yards to the Saxons' 12 yard line and set up a rushing score from Garcia later in the drive. All told, the Bruins' defense accumulated four sacks for a loss of 23 yards and limited the Saxon offense to just 3-for-11 on third down, while also forcing five punts.

The Bruins and the Sagehens played their first-ever matchup in Claremont, Calif., last season on Sept. 15, 2018, and George Fox prevailed in a 40-6 drubbing of their hosts. This year's meeting looks to be more balanced at first glance.

The Sagehens were picked to finish fourth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) poll this season. Their early results indicate they may be better than expected. The Sagehens look like a well-balanced team with a defense that posted a shutout last weekend against NWC foe Lewis & Clark in a 20-0 win in Claremont, Calif., and an offense that put up 419 total yards against the Pioneers.

Pomona-Pitzer got 26 first downs, including seven on third down attempts, and 291 of their 419 yards of offense came through the air. Starting QB Karter Odermann finished the game 30-49 for a touchdown and two interceptions, while Win Hunter got the majority of the targets from Odermann and tallied 119 yards receiving on eight catches, including a 43-yard touchdown grab.

On defense, no Sagehen produced more than six tackles in a balanced effort against the Pioneers. Adam Webber produced an interception and three tackles, while Levon Lester led the team with six total tackles. Together, the Sagehen defense came up with three sacks, four tackles for loss, and forced nine punts in the shutout win.

The Bruins have looked good in the secondary so far this season but have not seen the volume of pass attempts that the Sagehens will deliver on offense. The Bruins' secondary and rushing attack should be the key indicators of success - if they are able to win those phases of the matchup this weekend, expect good things for the Blue and Gold.