By Dani Sauners
The Bearcats played in Newberg, Oregon on Saturday against George Fox University and fell short by a score of 58-12. The first two touchdowns of the game were scored in the first quarter. James Nguyen and Grant Schroeder. Nguyen’s first touchdown was on a nine-yard pass from Schroeder and the second was on a nine-yard pass from Evan Nelson to Schroeder. Both of the after-touchdown kicks were executed by Jason Santoni. The score was 14-0 for the remainder of the opening quarter with the Bearcats trailing.
With a little under ten minutes left in the second quarter, senior Joey Thurman scored Willamette’s first touchdown on a 13-yard run, but the point after attempt was missed. This put the score at 14-6 with the Bearcats still trailing. With about two and half minutes left in the second quarter, George Fox kicker Santoni added a 24-yard field goal which forwarded the Bruins to a 17-6 lead. But, Willamette answered back to this field goal. First year Miles Bryant wasted no time earning back some yardage for the Bearcats as he threw two passes to senior Kevin Martz: one was 13 yards and the second was 15 yards. Bryant also had two 12-yard runs. After two passes that were incomplete, Willamette’s second touchdown was scored by senior Alex Israel with 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter as he received a 21-yard pass from Bryant. This was Bryant’s quarterback debut for the Bearcats. He also had nice passes to senior Jordan Fickas, one of them being for 43 yards. Another pass worth noting was a 15-yard pass to junior Matt Stone, which set up the Bearcats to have Thurman score his touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. The first half of the game ended and the score was 17-12.
George Fox ended up with the first possession in the second half and scored after driving for 64 yards and ending this drive with a 23-yard run from Schroeder. The apoint after attempt was missed by Santoni. The score was now 23-12. Another touchdown was scored after this when Bryant was sacked by George Fox Justin Kruse. Austin Taylor recovered the ball that Bryant fumbled. The first play of this new possession resulted in a touchdown scored by Wesley Riddell and Schroder tacked on another one after that. The third quarter ended with a score of 44-12. The Bearcats remained scoreless for the rest of the game as George Fox stacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
The Bruins had a total of 484 yards in the game: 355 rushing yards and 129 passing yards. Willamette had a total of 242 yards, 143 of those being passing yards. George Fox is ranked #21 in the nation for NCAA Division III football and now has a record of 3-0 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette falls to a record of 0-3 in the Northwest Conference.
The guys are at home this weekend as they take on the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Saturday, Oct. 21 and kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Try and make it out to cheer them on!