Oct 21, 2019

Game Preview: Family Weekend Matchup With Pacific (Ore.) Upcoming

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 preps for its Family Weekend opponent this week with a home matchup against the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Bruins fought hard against the No. 31 Pirates of Whitworth last weekend in a 19-14 loss. The Bruins' defense held the Pirates' top-scoring offense to just 19 points – 30 points less than Whitworth's per-game average – and the Bruins had a potential go-ahead scoring drive cut short in the final minute after an interception at the Pirates' one yard line.

Jaden Sheffey finished the game with two passing touchdowns and 176 yards through the air, including a 75-yard strike to Justin Trimble II, and also led the Bruins' rushing attack with 47 yards on the ground.

Defensively, the Bruins were led by Austin Shadbolt and Daniel Campos with seven tackles apiece. Caleb Dalzell added four tackles, including one for loss, and two pass breakups, while Caleb Harrel and Abe Smith came up with one interception apiece to limit the Pirates through the air.

As a team, the Bruins' defense limited the Pirates to two offensive touchdowns and only 265 yards of total offense, both well below the season averages for Whitworth.

The Boxers faced Lewis & Clark to celebrate Homecoming at Pacific and came away with a 56-28 win in Forest Grove. Kenyon Harris led with 403 yards passing and an astounding 84.6% completion rate, including three touchdown tosses. Ty Hargis and Kyle Kern each came up with 100+ yards receiving and Joshua Harris added 146 yards and three rushing touchdowns to lead the Boxers' ground game.

Gage Quinabo-Reis had a team-high eight tackles in the win for the Boxers. Jordan Hall forced a fumble and Chase Hoffman came up with an interception and a pass breakup on the back end for the Boxers' defense.

The Bruins average 22 points per game on offense and just under 300 yards of offense per game this season. Their defense is the second-best in the NWC statistically, allowing fewer than three touchdowns per game and forcing nearly two turnovers per contest.

The Boxers average almost 33 points per game and are the third-most productive offense in the NWC at 404 yards per game. The Boxer defense allows five touchdowns per game this season and has conceded 450+ yards per game, so the Bruins should be able to move the chains consistently.

The Bruins are looking to avenge their 2018 result after falling to the Boxers in overtime last year. Many of the key offensive players on both sides return in this year's contest, so this matchup may come down to defensive stops and specials teams play for both sides.