Loggers take on George Fox in 2018 season finale

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – The 2018 Puget Sound football season concludes Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Loggers play at Northwest Conference foe George Fox. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at George Fox 
 WHEN   Saturday, Nov. 10 | 1:30 p.m.  
 WHERE   Newberg, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

The air up there

Puget Sound has the second-most passing in yards in all of NCAA D-III football. The Loggers have thrown for 3,382 yards this season, led by sophomore quarterback Murdock Rutledge's 2,518 passing yards.

 

Approaching the millennial mark

Puget Sound has the only set of teammates in NCAA D-III with 900 yards or more receiving this season. Jewell Day leads the NWC with 932 receiving yards, and Collin Heimbach ranks second with 918. AJ Johnson isn't far behind, as his 849 receiving yards rank third in the conference.

 

Touchdown leaders

The NWC's top three leaders in receiving yards are also the top three in touchdown receptions. Once again, Jewell Day leads the way with 12 touchdown catches, and he's followed by both Collin Heimbach (nine) and AJ Johnson (seven).

 

The upset that almost was

Puget Sound nearly pulled off a miraculous upset over No. 23 Linfield in Baker Stadium, Nov. 3. The Loggers trailed the Wildcats by 24 points early in the fourth quarter. However, the Loggers stormed back and took a 41-40 lead with 51 seconds on the clock following a touchdown reception by Jewell Day from Murdock Rutledge. Linfield needed just one play in its ensuing possession to reclaim the lead for a 47-41 win. Rutledge totaled six touchdowns for Puget Sound: four by air and two on the ground.

 

Defensive leaders

Several Loggers rank among the NWC's leaders in a handful of statistics. Keanu Songcuan is the conference's leader in tackles (80), and Matt Ahnin is tied for the second-most interceptions (four). Zackary Teats is tied for the most pass break-ups (15), while Jason Clayton and Brody Pearman are tied for second in the category (12). Todd Blakely's 9.5 sacks this season are the second-most in the NWC.

 

Aiming to finish strong

Puget Sound started the 2018 season with four wins in its first five games, marking the program's best start since the 200 campaign. However, the Loggers are 1-3 in their last four contests.

 

Scouting George Fox (5-4, 3-3)

The Bruins enter Saturday's game with three wins in their last four games. They have consecutive wins over Lewis & Clark and Pacific Lutheran, with a total margin of victory of 52-7 between the two games. George Fox's 21.6 points per game is the third-lowest in the NWC, but its defense leads the conference by allowing just 12.6 points per game. The Bruins also surrender the fewest yards per game (258.7) in the NWC. Anthony Garcia is second in the NWC for rushing yards per game (58.9).