TACOMA, Washington – Off to the program's best start in 18 years, the Puget Sound football team hosts Pacific for a Northwest Conference game in Baker Stadium Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Pacific|
|WHEN||Saturday, Oct. 13 | 1 p.m.|
|WHERE||Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
Four out of five ain't bad
The Loggers enter this weekend with a 4-1 overall record (2-0 NWC). It's the first time since the 2000 season that the Loggers have won four of their first five games.
This week D3football.com featured Puget Sound's dynamic receiving trio of Jewell Day, Collin Heimbach, and AJ Johnson. Through the first four games of the season, they were the only teammates in all of NCAA football averaging at least 100 receiving, each. Heimbach and Day are tied for NWC lead in receiving touchdowns (7), and Johnson ranks second in receiving yards per game (107.8). Click HERE for the story.
The Loggers were down 20-0 early in the second quarter at Lewis & Clark (Oct. 6), but the Logger defense forced six turnovers to push Puget Sound to a 34-22 win. Click HERE for the game recap.
Puget Sound defensive backs have been named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week in consecutive weeks. Jason Clayton received the honor after he had two interceptions – including the game-winner in overtime – against Pacific Lutheran (Sept. 29). Zackary Teats was named to the Team of the Week this week after he had two picks, including one returned for a touchdown, against Lewis & Clark.
A mix of six
Six different Loggers have earned NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors so far this season. AJ Johnson, Jewell Day, Murdock Rutledge, and Collin Heimbach have earned the nod for offensive efforts. Alex Everett was once named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for special teams, and Zackary Teats was the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for his defensive game at Lewis & Clark.
Todd Blakely's 7.5 sacks this year not only lead the NWC, but he's also tied for third in NCAA D-III. The 2017 All-NWC selection has 10.5 tackles for a loss.
When facing adversity this season, the Loggers can be heard on the sidelines exclaiming two words: "So what?" The short phrase was first made popular by Puget Sound Hall of Fame coach Paul Wallrof. He passed away in August this year, and the Loggers wear stickers on their helmets to honor his legacy.
Puget Sound leads the NWC in total yards per game (426.6) and points per game (36.8). The Loggers also have 124 first downs this season, which is 32 more than the second-leading team in the conference.
Scouting Pacific (2-3, 1-1 NWC)
After opening their NWC schedule with a 19-13 win over George Fox, the Boxers lost to Pacific Lutheran last week, 30-23. Pacific averages the second-fewest points per game (15.8) and the second-fewest yards (263.0) in the NWC. Defensively, the Boxers lead the NWC in sacks with 23, and Bobby Ulrich leads the team with 5.5.