Logger football celebrates seniors and hosts Willamette Saturday

Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com
Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team gears up for what could be a historic Senior Day when the Loggers host Willamette Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound vs. Willamette 

 WHERE 

 Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash. 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Nov. 9 | 1 p.m. 

 LIVE

 Stats | Video

 

Celebrating seniors

Starting at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Puget Sound will celebrate 12 seniors and their loved ones: Nik Bernhardt, Jason Clayton, Nathan Cooprider, Jewell Day, Ethan Goldizen, Collin Heimbach, AJ Johnson, Isaiah Martinez, Brody Pearman, Keanu Songcuan, Aaron Thompson, and Michael Zabran.

 

History in the making

The Loggers enter Saturday's contest with a perfect 5-0 record in Baker Stadium. The last time Puget Sound went undefeated at home was in 1986, when the Loggers beat Oregon Tech, Pacific, Eastern Oregon, and Western Washington.

 

The record book

Senior All-American wide receiver AJ Johnson made another mark in the Puget Sound record book. The Tacoma native set the single-game record for receiving yards with 280 at Pacific (Nov. 2). He broke Adam Kniffin's 2012 record of 272 receiving yards. In 2018 Johnson set the school record for most receiving yards in a season (1,096).

 

National recognition

AJ Johnson was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week following his record-setting game at Pacific. He reached 280 yards on 16 catches with a couple of touchdowns. Johnson is the second Logger this season to receive a D3football.com Team of the Week nod. Kicker/punter Alex Everett earned the honor following the Loggers' win against Pacific Lutheran (Oct. 19).

 

Vroomin' Varela

Puget Sound running back Duncan Varela ran for four touchdowns at Pacific, marking the first time since Silas Paul in 2008 that a Logger posted at least four rushing touchdowns in a game. Varela's 4.9 yards per carry ranks second in the NWC.

 

Arm and legs

Murdock Rutledge threw for a career-high 581 yards at Pacific, and he added another 58 yards on the ground. Between his last two games, Rutledge has 795 passing yards and 154 rushing yards. He ranks second in the NWC with 301.4 passing yards per game.

 

Bates is back

Puget Sound's neighbors at Bates Technical College are broadcasting Saturday's game against Willamette. A live video window will appear on its YouTube page 10-15 minutes before kickoff (click HERE). Bates made its Logger football broadcast debut for Puget Sound's thrilling overtime win against George Fox – click HERE to watch the game.

 

Scouting Willamette (1-6, 0-5 NWC)

Winless in the conference, the Bearcats' lone win of 2019 is a 34-31 decision against Occidental (Sept. 21). Quarterback Mathew Castaneda ranks fifth in the NWC for passing yards per game (218.4) and is tied for second in passing touchdowns (17). Jordan Jenkins has eight touchdown receptions, which is tied for third in the conference.