George Fox football closes on a high note
TACOMA, Wash. — The George Fox football had its final home game of the season spoiled by a 13-3 loss to Pacific Lutheran Nov. 4, so the group of "zero year" redshirt seniors who led the revival of the program weren't about to led Puget Sound deny them on the final game of their collegiate careers.
The loss to the Lutes also threatened derail the Bruins' ascent up the Northwest Conference ladder, as they entered that game in sole possession of second place.
George Fox took care of business on both fronts Saturday, beating the Loggers 21-7 to send the program's foundational class out on a high note and hold on to a second-place tie in the NWC, the school's best-ever finish.
Like many of their contests of late, the Bruins found themselves in a defensive battle.
The visitors struck first on a 6-yard Wesley Riddell touchdown run early in the second quarter and protected their 7-0 lead through halftime.
Puget Sound (3-6, 2-5 NWC) leveled the score on a 1-yard Paul Thomas rushing touchdown with 10:43 remaining in the third quarter, but George Fox regained the lead under two minutes later when quarterback Grant Schroeder connected with fellow senior Brad Lander on a 42-yard touchdown pass.
A pair of lost fumbles helped keep the game tight, but the Bruins added a 34-yard touchdown toss from Schroeder to James Nguyen to make it 21-7 with 1:05 left in the third. In his final game, the program's all-time leading passer finished 10-for-25 for 166 yards with the two scores and no interceptions.
George Fox had a relatively quiet day on the ground, gaining 154 yards on 42 attempts, but the defense limited Puget Sound to just 75 rushing yards.
The Bruins (7-3, 5-2) also reset the school record for overall wins in a season for the second consecutive year and matched last year's record in league games, but this year beat Whitworth (8-2, 5-2) in the head-to-head matchup.