TACOMA, Washington – Three Logger receivers eclipsed the 100-yard mark and Hans Fortune threw for 575 yards as the Puget Sound football team topped George Fox, 43-35, at Baker Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Kevin Miller had a career game with 18 receptions and 187 receiving yards. The Seattle, Washington, native also caught two touchdowns, and now has at least 10 receptions in each of the Loggers' five games this season.
Peter Bell came away with a career-best 158 receiving yards and matched a career-best nine receptions. Bell also found the end zone for the first time this season on a 78-yard reception. Brennan Schon totaled 122 yards on six catches. Schon's 83-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter is the longest scoring play of both his and Fortune's Puget Sound careers.
Defensively, the Loggers' secondary broke up 14 passes, including three by both Jacob Wuesthoff and Zackary Teats. The Bruins entered Saturday with the conference's No. 2 rushing offense (160.4 rushing yards per game), but the Loggers held George Fox to just 87 yards on the ground.
The Logger (3-2, 2-1 NWC) defense was stout to start the game and forced the Bruins (3-3, 1-2NWC) to punt in each of their first three possessions. On the other side of the ball, Puget Sound's offense quickly took advantage. The Loggers scored on their first possession of the game thanks to a one-yard rushing touchdown by Max McGuinn. Miller had six catches for 62 yards in Puget Sound's first drive.
Puget Sound's second drive resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Sawyer Petre, and Miller caught a 15-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to build a 17-0 lead for Puget Sound. The ensuing George Fox possession resulted in a punt, and the Loggers needed just one play to find the end zone as Fortune hit Schon for an 83-yard score.
The Bruins broke through with a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Grant Schroeder to tight end Derek Richwine midway through the third. The Loggers continued to move the ball offensively as they looked to add to their 24-7 lead, but the Bruins' James Nguyen returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown.
George Fox scored again the second quarter, but Petre connected on two more field goals (39, 30) to give Puget Sound a 30-21 edge at halftime.
Miller cushioned the Loggers' lead to 37-21 with a one-yard touchdown grab early in the third quarter. George Fox's next drive ended with an interception by Cooper Zurfluh. On the very next play, Fortune's fourth touchdown of the game was a 78-yard strike to Bell down the middle of the field, giving the Loggers a 43-21 lead (missed PAT).
The Loggers look to maintain momentum when they head to Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Pioneers.
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