TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team kicks off the 2017 season at La Verne on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. The Loggers aim for both their fourth consecutive opening-week victory, and their fourth-straight win over the Leopards.
|WHO||Puget Sound at La Verne|
|WHERE||La Verne, Calif.|
|WHEN||Saturday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m.|
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Outlasting La Verne
The Loggers opened the 2016 campaign by edging out the Leopards, 31-29, in Baker Stadium. Austin Wagner's 34-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach. Wagner rain for 183 yards, while Aiden Santino came away with his first-career touchdown reception.
The 2016 Loggers set several single-season program records. Hans Fortune '17 set standards for passing yards (3,045) and pass completions (276) in a season. As a team, Puget Sound set a school record by averaging 446.8 yards of total offense per game.
An early homecoming
While Puget Sound's Homecoming Weekend is not until Oct. 7 (vs. Lewis & Clark), the first game of 2017 is a homecoming for senior Tanner Diebold. The Logger quarterback will make his first collegiate start under center in his hometown, at La Verne, this Saturday.
Tanner Diebold got his first real chance to show off his athleticism during his sophomore season. During the Loggers' 22-19 win at Claremont-M-S in September 2015, Diebold completed all of three of his pass attempts, and he ran for 67 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
The 2017 Puget Sound football team has many new roles not just on the field, but off the field, as well. While student-athletes get acclimated to new positions or increased playing time, there's a new sense of leadership for the Loggers. Click HERE for a full season preview.