Puget Sound welcomes Lutes to Tacoma for Homecoming game

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – The storied rivalry hits a big stage when the Puget Sound football team welcomes Pacific Lutheran to Tacoma for the Loggers' Homecoming matchup Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. Pacific Lutheran 
 WHEN   Saturday, Sept. 29 | 1 p.m. 
 WHERE   Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash.
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

The history in brief

Although the Loggers lost the two most recent games against Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound is 46-40-5 all-time against the Lutes.

 

Hall of Fame Class of 2018

During halftime of Saturday's game, Puget Sound will honor its newest Hall of Fame members: Ronda Blair (women's swimming), Dana Boyle (women's cross country / track & field), Jerome Crawford (football), Robin Hamilton (coach / administrator), Cortney Kjar (women's soccer), and Byron Stauffer (men's swimming).

 

Elite company

Continuing a common theme through the past several years, the 2018 Puget Sound football team's passing offense is elite in the NCAA D-III ranks. Through the first three games of the season, the Loggers' 398 passing yards per game ranks third in NCAA D-III. What's more, Puget Sound's touchdown to interception ratio (14:1) also ranks third in the division. Across all NCAA football levels, Puget Sound is one of only two teams with two student-athletes averaging at least 115 receiving yards per game. AJ Johnson leads the Northwest Conference with 122.3 receiving yards per game, and Jewell Day is second with 117.3.

 

Conference honors

So far this season, the Northwest Conference has issued three NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors for offense, and Loggers have received all three. AJ Johnson received the award after putting up 12 catches for 193 yards and two scores in a week-one win over Claremont-M-S. Jewell Day scored twice and totaled 163 receiving yards against Redlands to get the NWC nod, and Murdock Rutledge threw five touchdown passes and 359 yards at La Verne to receive the weekly award.  

 

Pick your poison

Nine Loggers have scored touchdowns so far this season. Jewell Day leads the way with a Northwest Conference best six touchdown receptions. Collin Heimbach has three touchdown receptions, and AJ Johnson has two. Ethan Goldizen, Michael Zabran, and Marcus McGuinn each have a touchdown catch. Duncan Varela and Vance Wood have one rushing touchdown, apiece. Finally, Matt Ahnin returned a fumble for a touchdown against Claremont-M-S.

 

The good kind of loss

The Puget Sound defense is averaging more than seven tackles for a loss, per game. In all, the Loggers have made the play in the backfield 23 times for a total loss of 94 yards. Todd Blakely leads the team with three sacks, and Braden Ash has 2.5. Keanu Songcuan leads the Loggers in tackles with 31.

  

Scouting Pacific Lutheran (1-1, 0-0 NWC)

The Lutes opened the season with a 24-8 loss at Cal Lutheran, but they bounced back with a 10-7 win at home against Claremont-M-S. The Stags narrowly missed that would have been the game-tying field-goal as time expired in the fourth quarter. Pacific Lutheran has fumbled the ball seven times in its two games, but the Lutes recovered their own miscue four times. Listed as a tight end, Anthony Louthan leads the team in carries (14) and rushing yards (92). Defensive back Anthony Bautista has two interceptions.