GFU football drops tough contest at Whitworth
Despite picking up two interceptions early in the game, the George Fox University football team couldn't muster the offense in the second half to beat Whitworth on the road Saturday, falling 19-14. With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 2-4 on the season, 1-2 in Northwest Conference play.
The lack of scoring started on a blocked GFU field goal with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, and from there it was Whitworth that scored first and more often than the Bruins.
A touchdown run by Brayden Corona, and a failed two-point conversion, made it 6-0 Pirates in the second quarter.
Whitworth entered the half maintaining that slim lead on the Bruins, but GFU came out of the halftime break strong.
A two-yard pass from Jaden Sheffey to Leon Johnson III resulted in a touchdown for the Bruins, and the extra point made it 7-6 in their favor early in the third.
A few minutes later, Whitworth responded with a touchdown of its own on a 56-yard touchdown pass, but it failed yet again to convert on the two-pointer.
At that point, it was 12-7 Pirates. After another stop by Whitworth on defense, it scored again on a blocked punt for the touchdown, making it 19-7 in their favor after the extra point.
GFU would muster a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Sheffey to Justin Trimble II, but it was all for naught as the Bruins weren't able to find pay dirt again and fell 19-14 in the road bout.
For his efforts, Sheffey tried to lead a two-minute drill down the field, and GFU got into opposing territory, but a throw to the end zone was picked off as Whitworth regained possession and ran the clock out.
The Pirates are now 4-1 on the season and remain among the top teams in the Northwest Conference, steadily picking up victories in conference play and receiving votes in the most recent national poll of NCAA Division III schools.
GFU, meanwhile, has been up and down this season – particularly in conference play as it has one win between two close losses.
The Bruins host Pacific University this Saturday for family weekend, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stoffer Family Stadium.
The final three games of the season for GFU will be on the road at Willamette on Nov. 2, at home against Lewis & Clark on Nov. 9 for senior night and on the road at archrival Linfeild on Nov. 16.
The Willamette game kicks off at 4 p.m., while the remaining contests kick off at 1 p.m. on those Saturdays.
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