Nov 04, 2019

Game Preview: Senior Day Matchup Against Pioneers On Deck For Nov. 9

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)
  • Three CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017; Caleb Dalzell, 2019)
  • Three All-Americans
  • Four All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five Team of the Week
  • Nine NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • Two Cliff Harris Award Finalists (Charles Riga, 2017; Daniel Campos, 2019)
  • 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 (4-4, 3-2 NWC) prepares this week for its final home game of the 2019 season. The Bruins welcome Lewis & Clark (3-4, 2-3 NWC) to town this week as part of their Senior Weekend.

George Fox notched its most dominant win of the 2019 season last weekend with a 61-13 win over Willamette. The Bruins pounded out 337 yards on the ground – more than 100 yards over their per-game average – led by Josiah Schmidt and Ethan Kassebaum with 148 combined yards on the ground.

The Bruins also scored twice through the air as Jaden Sheffey found Leon Johnson III for a pair of passing TDs. Sheffey finished with 82 of the Bruins' 111 passing yards and Haiden Schaan accounted for the rest in relief.

On defense the Bruins held the Bearcats to just 3.5 yards per play and did not allow Willamette to cross midfield until eight seconds remained in the first half. Brandon Piete turned in a top-tier performance with two interceptions and five tackles, while Caleb Dalzell led the team with seven total tackles and two for loss. Five Bruins came up with a sack and as a team they tallied eight tackles for loss.

The Pioneers are coming off a 54-7 loss in McMinnville to Linfield. The Pioneers were held to a 23% third-down conversion rate and were forced to punt eight times, in addition to being picked off four times.

Caden Voges finished the day with 99 passing yards on 26 attempts, and Zondre Faraj-Washington led the rushing attack with 35 yards on 11 carries. Xavier Tharpe caught seven of Voges' 13 completed passes for 40 yards.

On defense, the Pioneers were led by Makana LaBoy, Roger Hernandez, and Alex Hensley with seven tackles apiece. Hensley also forced a fumble and recorded a sack in the losing effort, while Anakin Mares tallied five solo tackles and two pass breakups from his spot in the defensive backfield.

The Pios and Bruins share five opponents this season and the Bruins should stack up well against the Pioneers this weekend based on prior outcomes. The Bruins already earned wins against Pomona-Pitzer, Pacific Lutheran, Pacific (Ore.) and Willamette and played Whitworth close on the road. By contrast, the Pioneers were shut out, 20-0, by Pomona-Pitzer, and also dropped their game to Pacific. Their win over Willamette, a 49-34 final, was a much closer result than the Bruins' recent matchup against the Bearcats.

Based both upon those contrasted outcomes and the Bruins' ever-stingy defense, George Fox should fare well this weekend. The Bruins are holding teams to under 20 points per game and less than 350 yards of total offense each time out. Lewis & Clark allows opponents over 450 yards per game on offense and has the fewest takeaways of any defense in the conference.

Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 9, with Senior Day fesitivies woven into the pregame warmup. Be sure to arrive early to participate and honor our seniors this weekend.