October 6, 2012

Loggers End Homestand With Loss To Pacific

TACOMA, Wash. – A 38-point run between the second and third quarters lifted visiting Pacific to a 62-21 win over the Puget Sound football team. The Loggers (0-5, 0-2 NWC) trailed by just three points going into the second quarter before the Boxers (2-3, 1-1 NWC) went on the sizeable run.

Adam Kniffin had another 100-plus yard receiving game with 12 catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns. James Korn took the start at quarterback and tossed three TDs on 32-of-57 passing for 285 yards.

The Loggers took the opening kick but fumbled on just the second play and the Boxers took the ball near midfield. PJ Minaya led the Boxers down to the 11-yard line where Moses Villareal-Gomez knocked in the first of his two field goals on the day. The Boxers would hold a lead the rest of the game.

After a three-and-out from the Loggersm Minaya capped off a 5-play, 61-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run and a 10-0 Boxer lead. The Logger offense came to life on the next drive but was halted at the Boxer 27 and turned the ball over on downs.

Pacific was forced to punt just six plays and 19 yards later. Kevin Miller took the punt back 62 yards to the Boxers' 26 and Korn found Rogers for a wide open touchdown on the next play on a well-executed play action pass. The Loggers pulled within three points at 10-7 after the extra point. 

The Boxers marched straight down the field on their next drive to go up 17-7 and scored again after forcing another three-and-out for a 24-17 lead. Craig Bailey then halted the Loggers next with an interception and took it back 38 yards for a Boxer touchdown and a 31-7 lead.

The Boxers continued to put points up on the board while holding the Loggers scoreless in the second and third quarters. With 5:29 left in the third, Bobby Ladiges scored on an 8-yard run to put the Boxers up 48-7.

Korn found Kniffin for touchdown passes of 23 and 21 yards in the fourth quarter to run Kniffin's season total of TD catches to 10. However, the surge was unable to cut into the sizeable Boxer lead that late in the game and the Boxers earned the 62-21 win.

Joe Cerne had a career-high 11 tackles in the game, including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble to lead the Loggers defensively.

Minaya was 25-of-30 for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Caleb Roher hauled in two TD passes and Ladiges had 72 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

The Loggers have a bye next week before heading east to Whitworth on Oct. 20.