GFU football handles Pacific Lutheran
The George Fox University football team picked up a big win on Saturday, racing past Pacific Lutheran 37-14 in its Hall of Fame game at Stoffer Family Stadium. The Bruins (2-3, 1-1 Northwest Conference) did so in large part due to their defensive dominance in the second half against the Lutes (1-3, 0-2).
A shutout by GFU in the second half of the game ended up being the difference. At first, it was back-and-forth between the two conference foes.
GFU got the scoring started on its first drive of the game thanks to the combination of sophomore quarterback Jaden Sheffey and freshman wide receiver Leon Johnson III. Johnson had two catches for 68 yards and a touchdown on the drive, which put the Bruins on top 7-0 early on.
After Pacific Lutheran tied the game on the next drive, the Bruins took a 14-7 lead into the second quarter thanks to a touchdown pass from Sheffey to senior wideout Justin Trimble II. The Lutes brought the game to a 14-14 tie at the half thanks to a four-play, 94-yard drive in the second quarter that led to a touchdown.
With strong field position at the 50 after a stellar kickoff return in the third quarter, GFU went back up 21-14 after a solid offensive drive ended with a seven-yard rushing touchdown from Sheffey. The versatile signal-caller found Johnson yet again later in the quarter, this time on a 22-yard touchdown, to make it 27-14 before a missed extra point.
Sheffey added one more rushing touchdown to make it 34-14, and a field goal brought the game to its final score of 37-14 in favor of the Bruins.
Next up for GFU is a road game at conference contender Whitworth (3-1, 2-0) on Saturday.
Bruin golf teams finish fall season on high notes
For the sixth consecutive season, the GFU women's golf team took home the team championship at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic in Woodburn. Rachel Drgastin, a senior, won the individual title – her second of the fall season – and the team won by 40 strokes over its next closest opponent.
GFU had a combined score of 599 on the weekend, while Whitworth was second with 639 and Pacific Lutheran posted a third-place 675. It was not a close call for the Bruins by any stretch as they enter their winter break before spring season starts up again.
The men, meanwhile, won the NWC Classic as well – their third consecutive tournament championship to end fall play. They won by just one stroke thanks in large part to a one-under performance from senior Mason Koch. The remainder of GFU's five-man team included junior Joshua Lackey (even par), sophomore Dante Heitschmidt (even par), senior Clayton Rajewich (+9) and senior Caleb Fernandez (+18).
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