Oct 07, 2019

Bruins Ready For PLU On Hall of Fame Weekend

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 --- George Fox football (1-3, 0-1 NWC) prepares for Pacific Lutheran (1-2, 0-1 NWC) for its Hall of Fame Weekend opponent on Saturday, Oct. 12, with a 1:00 pm kickoff.

The Bruins are coming off a heartbreaking 24-23 overtime loss at Puget Sound, while the Lutes hope to bounce back from a 28-14 defeat at home to Lewis & Clark.

George Fox lost in overtime to the Loggers after winning both the time of possession and the turnover battle. The Bruins got good production from Jaden Sheffey through the air with 158 air yards and a pair of touchdown strikes. Leon Johnson III hauled in three catches for 78 yards to lead the Bruins' receiving corps, and Anthony Garcia pounded out 69 yards on the ground to lead the Bruins' rushing attack.

On defense, the Bruins limited UPS to its second-lowest yardage total of 2019 and forced five punts, four turnovers on downs, and two interceptions in the one-point loss. Daniel Campos continued a sterling senior campaign with 12 tackles, five pass breakups, and helped set up a pick by David Ledesma in the fourth quarter by deflecting the ball at the line.

Caleb Dalzell accounted for two of the Bruins' six sacks and Abe Smith came up with the Bruins' second takeaway with a pick in the Bruin endzone to save a score in the first half.

Pacific Lutheran fell by two scores at home after allowing 405 yards of offense to the Pioneers, including 247 through the air. The Lutes came up with two interceptions and forced seven punts but struggled to match the Pioneers' overall production on offense.

Bryce Missey led the Lutes with 118 yards passing for a touchdown and a game-high 26 yard completion, while Cody Brown rushed for all the Lutes' positive yardage on the ground with 32 yards on 14 carries. Wesley Nixon led the Lutes' receiving corps with six catches for 83 yards and Devan Brady had three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Lutes got the bulk of their production from Chase Rhinelander and Hunter Briggs as the duo combined for 22 tackles. Cody Barnett had a 51-yard interception return to the house for a score as well.

The Lutes are allowing almost three touchdowns per game to opponents and have a negative scoring differential this season. Teams have been able to throw for just over 200 yards per game and have rushed for 130 yards per contest against the Lutes' defense this season.

Those number bode well for a Bruin offense that looks to use Sheffey as a passer and a runner, with plenty of weapons both in the backfield and on the outside at receiver. Defensively, the Bruins should be equipped to handle the Lutes' offensive game plan after good tests against both balanced, rush-, and pass-heavy offenses already this season.

A year ago, the Bruins cruised to a 35-7 lead by halftime in Puyallup, Wash. and held that margin to the final whistle behind a dominant 43 minutes on offense. If the Bruins are able to replicate that same control over time of possession, expect good things for the pending Hall of Fame weekend matchup.