TACOMA, Washington - Fresh off a season-opening win at Claremont-M-S, the Puget Sound football team hosts its first home game of the season Saturday, Sept. 8, against Redlands. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The two programs haven't squared off since 1998, and the all-time series is even at 2-2.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Redlands|
|WHEN||Saturday, Sept. 8 | 1 p.m.|
|WHERE||Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
Winning the first one
Puget Sound began the 2018 by beating CMS on the road, 45-35, Sept. 1. The Loggers overcame a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to outscore the Stags in the second half, 31-14. Wide receiver AJ Johnson grabbed two touchdowns in the second half, and defensive back Matt Ahnin returned a fumble 76 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Loggers have won the season-opening game four times in the past five seasons. Three of those four wins have come against CMS, and the other win was against La Verne.
Sky-high against SCIAC
Dating back to the 2014 season, Puget Sound is 6-3 against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams.
No place like home
Backed by the raucous Logger faithful, Puget Sound has won three of its last four home-opening games. The Loggers aim to make it four out of five against Redlands this Saturday.
Have a day, AJ
Tacoma native AJ Johnson put up monster numbers at CMS last week. In addition to his two touchdown catches, Johnson finished with 12 receptions and 193 receiving yards. He received both Logger of the Week and Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week (football, offense) honors.
Do be a menace
Puget Sound's defensive line was relentless at CMS. All-Northwest Conference selection Todd Blakely totaled two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss, while Braden Ash, Ezekiel Sayavong, Cassius Lee, and Noah Cohen each added 0.5 sacks. The Logger defense totaled nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage and forced two turnovers (Matt Ahnin fumble recovery, Jason Clayton interception).
Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas was a four-year letter winner at Redlands. Though his collegiate career started at quarterback, he developed into one of the best defensive backs in Redlands history. Thomas still holds the Redlands all-time records for interceptions caught in a season (13, 2002) and interceptions caught in a game (4, vs. Pomona-Pitzer, 2002).
Scouting Redlands (1-0, 0-0 SCIAC)
The Bulldogs beat NWC member George Fox, 20-12, in the first game of 2018 (Sept. 1). Conner Kennedy nearly reached the century mark on the ground, rushing for 93 yards. Levi Plante threw for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Redlands finished with a 7-2 record in 2017.