Loggers welcome Lewis & Clark for Homecoming game

Loggers welcome Lewis & Clark for Homecoming game

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team welcomes Lewis & Clark to Baker Stadium for the Loggers' Homecoming and Family Weekend contest on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Northwest Conference matchup kicks off at 1 p.m.



 Puget Sound vs. Lewis & Clark


 Tacoma, Wash. | Baker Stadium  


 Saturday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.


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Celebrating the '67 team

During halftime of Saturday's game, Puget Sound will honor the 1967 Logger football team and other Logger student-athletes from the "Green & Gold" era. The Loggers transitioned from the NAIA to the NCAA in 1967, and the football team set or tied 41 program records that fall. Jerome "The Jet" Crawford turned in one of the most notable performances when he set an NCAA record by returning three punts for touchdowns during a 41-0 win against Whitworth. By Nov. 10, 1967, the Logger football team ranked sixth in scoring among all Major NCAA colleges. On September 21, 2017, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented a special proclamation to the team for its "extraordinary achievements" on behalf of the city council.


Missed opportunities

The Loggers lost their first NWC game of the season, 23-13, at Pacific Lutheran last week. Puget Sound failed to put points on the board during two separate drives that got inside the Lutes' 10-yard line. Late in the first quarter, a Puget Sound fumble was recovered by PLU on the goal line and returned 100 yards for a touchdown. Another promising Logger possession in the second quarter was stalled by a false start on the Lutes' seven-yard line, and the subsequent field-goal attempt was pushed wide.


Dynamic Diebold

Tanner Diebold ranks second in the NWC with 288.3 passing yards per game. The senior has two 300-yard passing games to his credit, and he has multiple touchdowns in all three games this season (passing + rushing).


Defensive stalwarts

Defensive lineman Braden Ash has been torching offensive linemen this season, as he is tied for second in the NWC with three sacks and ranks fourth with 4.5 tackles for a loss. Fellow defensive lineman Todd Blakely is third in the NWC with 5.5 tackles for a loss, and he has two sacks this season.


Making most of opportunities

Wide receiver AJ Johnson far an away leads the NWC in receiving yards per game with 106.5. The second-highest mark in the league is 74.0 receiving yards per game. Johnson is second on the team with 12 receptions this season, and he averages a whopping 17.8 yards per catch. Dustin Harrison's 20 receptions this season rank fourth in the NWC.


Total package

The Loggers' 408.0 yards of total offense per game rank second in the NWC. Puget Sound is also second in the NWC with 33.0 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Logger defense leads the NWC by allowing just 258.7 total yards per game. Puget Sound has the best rush defense in the league (95.7 yards per game).


All-time matchup

Puget Sound is 25-14 all-time against Lewis & Clark, including a three-game winning streak.


Scouting Lewis & Clark (2-1, 1-0 NWC)

This is not the same Pioneers team as yesteryear. Lewis & Clark snapped a 33-game losing streak with a 40-29 win over Pomona-Pitzer (Sept. 16), and it wasn't done there. The Pioneers made it consecutive wins after beating Willamette, 24-21, on a last-second field goal (Sept. 30). Eric Hawkins is fourth in the NWC with 55.7 rushing yards per game, thought he has yet to find the end zone. The Pioneers' 26.7 points per game is fourth in the NWC, but they allow 29.0 points per game (sixth in NWC).



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