Nov 22, 2019

Football Wraps Sixth Season Back From Hiatus At .500

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 wrapped up its sixth campaign since returning from hiatus with a 5-5 record and a full starting 11 named to the All-Northwest Conference rosters at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

The Bruins had six players named First Team All-NWC, three players named Second Team All-NWC, and two tabbed as Honorable Mention by the conference office. Headlining the Bruins' All-NWC players was senior linebacker Daniel Campos, who became the second Bruin to garner NWC Defensive Player of the Year honors and the first to claim the title outright after Charles Riga shared the honor in 2017.

The Bruins opened the 2019 season at home with a 35-19 loss to a ranked Redlands team on Sept. 7, overcoming some first-half struggles to outscore the Bulldogs in the second and make a game of it.

A road game followed season opener with the Bruins' team traveling to face Alfred (N.Y.) in the program's longest trip in its history on Sept. 14. The team played a tough ranked Saxons team close from start to finish before falling by one point on the road in a 15-14 final.

The Bruins then returned home to host Pomona-Pitzer and picked up a 26-15 win on Set. 21 as part of Homecoming weekend behind a 93-yard touchdown return from Anthony Garcia and a pick-six by Justin Montijo.

After going 1-2 against their non-conference opponents, the Bruins opened NWC play with a road game at Puget Sound on Oct. 5. The Bruins were able to maintain a lead for much of the game, but a late Loggers drive and a missed PAT in overtime ultimately gave the game to Puget Sound with a 24-23 final.

George Fox inducted its 24th Hall of Fame class at home against Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 12 with a 37-14 win. The Bruins got five touchdowns from Jaden Sheffey that day as the sophomore threw for three scores and scrambled for two more on the ground.

After a hard-fought loss to a ranked Whitworth outfit in Spokane on Oct. 19, the Bruins ripped off three straight NWC wins against Pacific (Ore.), Willamette, and Lewis & Clark to improve to 5-4 overall on the year and 4-2 in conference play.

The Bruins' defense wreaked havoc to clinch a win over Pacific, while the offense came on strong against Willamette and Lewis & Clark – including season-highs of 61 points and 448 yards of production against the Bearcats.

George Fox capped the season with another hard-fought loss to the No. 19-ranked Linfield Wildcats in McMinnville. The Bruins held a juggernaut Wildcats offense well below its season averages, but the 'Cats were able to do the same to the Bruins' offense in a 24-17 defeat. The Bruins were the only NWC team to hold Linfield to fewer than 25 points on the year and less than 90 yards rushing.

Caleb Dalzell was honored as an Academic All-District athlete by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and Evan Nelson was honored by the NWC office for his sportsmanship and leadership after the season.

The Bruins will bid farewell to defensive cornerstones like Dalzell, Caleb Harrel, Austin Shadbolt, and Campos on defense – the four seniors combined for 254 of the team's tackles, 8.5 sacks, and five of its 17 interceptions – but they will return All-NWC pieces like Brandon Piete in the secondary and Anthony Pasion on the line.

On offense, the Bruins bid farewell to seniors like All-NWC returner and tailback Anthony Garcia and All-NWC lineman Kawika Cameron, but they will welcome back most of their depth at the skill positions and at quarterback as Sheffey and his backup, Haiden Schaan, each are set to return for their junior seasons in 2020, and All-NWC wideout Leon Johnson III will be back in 2020 for his sophomore season after leading the team in receiving yards and touchdown catches.