Loggers Fall In Season-Opener

Loggers Fall In Season-Opener

TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound football team fell 57-14 to Chapman in its 2013 season-opener on Saturday. The Panthers (1-0) sustained a couple lengthy drives early in the game to build the initial lead and never looked back.

The visitors found the end zone on each of their first two drives and five of their first six drives to build a 34-0 lead at the half. The Loggers (0-1) offense scored its first touchdown of the season in the third quarter and went on to score once more in the quarter. 

Chapman scored six of its eight touchdowns on running plays, racking up 259 rushing yards along the way. The Panthers outgained the Loggers 505-243 in the game. Five different Panthers scored on the ground, led by a pair of running scores from Terrell Dolberry.

"We made them earn it. We made them go five yards a play to get in third and manageable situations but we just didn't convert," said head coach Jeff Thomas. "We had two or three chances for a turnover in the first half and didn't get any."

It was Kyle White and quarterback Michael Lahey who scored first for the visiting team to go up 14-0. On their third drive, Lahey tried to throw over the Logger defense but he was off target and freshman Jacob Wuesthoff was waiting for the interception. 

Wuesthoff was immediately tackled but the Loggers had the ball near midfield. On the first play, Bryson Calma broke behind the Panther defense but he narrowly missed connecting with Foley for the big play. The drive would later end at midfield when the Loggers missed a fourth down conversion.

In the third quarter, the Loggers first drive lasted four plays and ended in a punt. However, the Panthers fumbled the punt and Max McGuinn came away with the recovery to set up the Loggers with 1st-and-10 on the Chapman 34 yard line. Seven plays later, Foley scrambled to his right and saw Calma alone in the back of the end zone and this time they didn't miss. 

Foley hit Calma for the first Logger TD of the season on a five yard strike. Chapman put up 10 points in the quarter on a field goal and 55-yard punt return before the Loggers struck again.

This time, Foley marched the Loggers down the field on a 12-play, 74-yard drive that ended in another seven points. Foley was 7-of-10 on the drive and hit four different receivers. He hit Kevin Miller on 3rd-and-goal from the seven yard line for his second touchdown pass of the day. 

Foley ended with 197 yards on 28-of-40 passing with a pair of touchdowns. He was sacked five times. Calma led the Loggers receivers with eight grabs for 39 yards. Miller had seven catches for 58 yards.

Lahey led the Panthers with 158 yards passing and was 12-of-16 with the interception. He also ran four times for 26 yards and a score. 

The Logger secondary racked up the tackles with four Loggers recording over 10 tackles in the contest. Brent McCoy had a game-high 11 tackles in his debut while Connor Savage, Roy Fuchigami and freshman Jacob Wuesthoff each had 10.

The Loggers travel down to southern California next week to take on Whittier College. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.