Loggers close 2013 season with home loss to Willamette

Loggers close 2013 season with home loss to Willamette

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound football team wrapped up its 2013 season by hosting Willamette Saturday, falling to the Bearcats 62-20 on Senior Day at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

Before the game, the Loggers' eight seniors were honored for their efforts and dedication to Puget Sound athletics over the last four years. Joe Cerne, Roy Fuchigami, Evan Uesato, Sean Reilly, Trevor Horn, Patrick Green, Mike Raub, and Jeff Walton were all acknowledged and introduced to the crowd while their families joined them on the field

Once the game itself started, Willamette opened it up with a 75 yard drive for a touchdown, putting Puget Sound behind the mark early. The Logger offense responded with a great drive of its own, holding the ball for nearly seven minutes. They drove 66 yards, reaching the half-yard line. Running back Kupono Park was stopped just inches of the goal line on fourth down, however, returning possession to the Bearcats. Braden Foley logged 44 passing yards on the drive, breaking Craig Knapp's career passing yardage record of 4,915. Knapp earned those yards from 1997 to 2000.

Benefitting from the fourth-down stop, the Bearcats received the ball on their own 1-yard line and drove down the field in just over three minutes for another touchdown. After a Logger punt, the Bearcats scored another touchdown, making the score 20-0 after Connor Savage blocked the Bearcat extra-point attempt.

Puget Sound first got on the board with 5:05 left in the second quarter. Foley hit receiver Dustin Harrison with a six-yard pass, wrapping up a 3:44, 80 yard drive for the Loggers. Sawyer Petre's extra point attempt was blocked, however, making the score 20-6. Willamette added two more touchdowns before the half and went into the break up 34-6.

The Loggers received the ball to begin the second half, driving down the field for their second touchdown of the day. They tallied four first downs in the drive, going 71 yards in 3 minutes 18 seconds. A 27 yard pass from Foley to Parker Brisebois took the Loggers down to the Willamette three-yard line, and Brennan Schon caught a three-yarder on the next play for a score.

Willamette responded with the next two touchdowns, however, and led 48-13 going into the final quarter of action. The Loggers added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, a six-yard pass from Holey to Harrison to cap off a 68 yard drive, but Willamette also added two scores in the fourth to reach the final score of 62-20.

Foley completed 23 of his 41 pass attempts, tallying 212 yards and three touchdowns as opposed to just one interception. For Willamette, Josh Dean logged 345 yards through the air and three touchdowns as well. Park added 59 yards on 14 carries, averaging 4.2 yards a rush, his second-best game of the season. Harrison caught eight passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns while Schon caught six for 64 yards, scoring once.

Defensively, Fuchigami led all tacklers with 11—seven solo and four tackle assists—while Jacob Wuesthoff and Brent McCoy totaled nine tackles each. Ryan Sederstrom tallied the Loggers' lone sack on the day, while Jeremy Perkovich recovered a Willamette fumble. Also, Walton wrapped up his career as a Logger with five punts for 197 yards, pinning the Wildcats inside their own 20 twice.

With the loss, the Loggers fell to 1-8 on the season, going 0-6 in Northwest Conference play. Looking ahead to the 2014 season, they lose just the eight seniors honored pre-game to graduation but will return most of the offensive skill positions and many strong defensive players.