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The Bruins best Pomona-Pitzer 26-15 on Saturday as they prepare for conference play

Defense won the day for George Fox University football on Saturday in its homecoming game as the Bruins (1-2) beat Pomona-Pitzer 26-15 in front of their home fans.

The scoring got started for GFU on the defensive side. With the opponents backed up in its own end zone, a bobbled snap by the punter resulted in Bruin freshman Leon Johnson tackling him for a safety. At that point it was 2-0 Bruins and a field goal in the middle of the second quarter made it 5-0.

A 23-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore quarterback Jaden Sheffey extended the GFU lead to 12-0 with minutes to go until halftime. Pomona-Pitzer would respond, however, scoring a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining in the half to make it 12-7 at the break.

Speedy GFU senior Anthony Garcia broke up the monotony of the third quarter with an 87-yard punt return for the touchdown, sending the crowd into a frenzy and making it 19-7 Bruins. Sophomore Justin Montijo picked up an interception return for a touchdown to make it 26-7, essentially putting the game out of reach in the fourth.

Pomona-Pitzer managed a meaningless touchdown and two-point conversion near the end of the contest, but GFU prevailed 26-15 in the end and moved on to Northwest Conference play. The Bruins' first conference game – which will come after a bye week – is Oct. 5 at Puget Sound, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

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