THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC LUTHERAN AT PACIFIC
Game No. 8/Home Game No. 4
Sat., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
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LAST GAME OF HOME SEASON COMES UNDER THE LIGHTS
Coming off of their best offensive effort of the season in their rematch with Puget Sound, the Pacific football team will close out the home portion of their 2010 schedule on Saturday with their lone night game of the year. The Boxers will host a resurgent Pacific Lutheran program on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
• Pacific finished with a season high 372 yards of total offense, including 309 yards passing, and a season best four touchdowns as the Boxers saw a fourth quarter rally fall short in a 42-31 loss to Puget Sound in Tacoma.
• T.C. Campbell played most of the game at quarterback for the Boxers, and put up a season best 222 yards passing while completing 20 of 40 passes. Campbell also threw for a season high three touchdowns. Campbell enters the week ranked 10th in the NWC in total offense, averaging 82.4 yards per game.
• Gunther Schultze led the Boxers with 78 all-purpose yards, receiving for 56 yards and running for 22 more. He was one of 10 Pacific players to receive passes in the contest.
• Four different Pacific players were on the receiving end of touchdown passes in the contest: Jake Toll, Jordan Fukumoto, Jayson Fukumoto and Brian Taylor.
• Jon Lee hit a 30-yard field goal to end the second quarter against the Loggers. It was his first made field goals since the Sept. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps game and his first field goal attempt since the WIllamette game on Oct. 9.
• Saturday's game will be the final home contest for eight seniors who have played a part in the return of Pacific football. Finishing up their home careers will be Jon Lee, C.J. Aalona, Josh Beck, Sean Moore, J.A. Massaquoi, Jayson Fukumoto, Aes Ferrer and Lokahi Lunn.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
PACIFIC LUTHERAN LUTES
Location: Tacoma, Wash.
Colors: Gold & Black
Stadium: Sparks Stadium (4,500, covered,FieldTurf)
President: Dr. Loren Anderson
Athletic Director: Laurie Turner
Head Coach: Scott Westering (PLU 1982)
Westering's Record At PLU: 26-28/6 Years
Westering's Record Overall: 26-28/6 Years
2009 Record: 3-6 NWC Record: 3-3 (tie 3rd)
All-Time Series: Pacific Lutheran leads 25-8-3
Last Meeting: Pacific Lutheran won 38-0 at Puyallup, Wash., on Oct. 19, 1991
ABOUT THE COACH: Scott Westering is in his seventh season as PLU head coach and has returned the Lutes to prominence after a pair of lean years. Westering was named head coach in 2004 and took over from his father, the legendary Frosty Westering. Entering the 2009 season, Scott Westering had amassed a 26-28 overall record and a 16-17 mark in Northwest Conference games. Scott joined the PLU coaching staff in 1981 and was named the program's offensive coordinator in 1983. He was a NAIA All-America tight end on the 1980 Lutes' squad that won the NAIA national title. He is a member of the PLU Athletics Hall of Fame.
THE SERIES: Pacific Lutheran leads the all-time series 25-8-3 and the Lutes have won the last 13 meetings dating back to the 1973 season. The Lutes won the last meeting between the two teams, Oct. 19, 1991 in Puyallup, Wash. The Lutes held Pacific to 235 yards to total offense, and put the game away early with three first quarter touchdown passes en route to a 38-0 shutout of the Boxers.
LAST GAME: PACIFIC LUTHERAN 35, LEWIS & CLARK 23
Pacific Lutheran scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally past a much-improved Lewis & Clark team, 35-23, Saturday at Griswold Stadium. Lewis & Clark led 23-22 entering the third quarter before a 50-yard scoring pass from Jordan Rasmussen to Greg Ford to put the Lutes up 28-23. L&C missed a field goal in their next possession, and the Lutes responded with a 79-yard touchdown drive. Safety Sean McFadden then intercepted the Pioneers in the end zone on L&C's next interception and the Lutes ran out the clock. Rasmussen finished 17 for 26 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. L&C quarterback Keith Welch had 114 yards rushing to go along with 203 yards passing.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN NOTES
• Pacific Lutheran enters the week ranked third in passing offense with 243.3 yards per game. The Lutes also rank second in pass efficiency (156.6) and turnover margin (0.71) and ranks first in the league in third down conversions (42 of 88/47.7 percent). Jordan Rasmussen ranks third in the NWC in passing with 236.1 yards per game and fourth in total offense with 244.9 yards per game.
• Greg Ford ranks second in the NWC in receiving with 95.4 yards per game.
• Defensively, Sean McFadden ranks second in the NWC in tackles by defensive backs with 44 (26 solo, 18 assist). Jordan Davison and Trevor Fox are tied for fifth.
• Pacific Lutheran enters the week ranked No. 21 in the D3Football Top 25 poll, up four spots from No. 25. The Lutes are second on the list of "Others Receiving Votes" in the AFCA Division III Top-25 Poll. The Lutes were picked to finish third in the NWC Preseason Poll with 32 points behind Linfield and Willamette.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
SEASON HIGH PERFORMANCE: Despite the weather and the field conditions, starting quarterback T.C. Campbell (Fr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) put together a season best effort. Campbell completed 20 of 40 passes against Puget Sound for a season high 222 yards. He also set a season high by throwing three touchdown passes. He had a 10-yard pass to Jake Toll (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) with 5:13 to go in the second quarter to put the Boxers on the board. He also had two of three touchdown passes to start the fourth quarter rally. With less than two minutes gone in the quarter, Campbell found Jordan Fukumoto (Fr., Mililani, Hawaii) on a 20-yard pass to make it a 35-17 game. On the next series, Campbell found Brian Taylor (Fr., Lewiston, Idaho) on a 12-yard pass to reduce the deficit to 42-23. Campbell combined with Trevor Okamoto (Fr., Windsor, Colo.) for a season high 309 yards of passing offense and 372 yards of total offense. Campbell enters the week ranked seventh in the NWC in passing offense with 93.3 yards per game and 10th in total offense, averaging 82.4 yards per game.
SCORING LEADER: Jordan Fukumoto picked up another touchdown against Puget Sound on Saturday to pad his numbers as the Boxers' leading scorer. Fukumoto was the recipient of a 20-yard pass from T.C. Campbell two minutes into the fourth quarter, which started a three touchdown rally. Fukumoto leads the Boxers in receiving touchdowns with three and ranks second for the team in total scoring with 18 points. Fukumoto enters the week ranked eighth in the NWC in receiving yards, averaging 57.9 yards per game. With 22 receptions, Fukumoto is averaging 18.4 yards per catch.
FIRST TOUCHDOWNS: Pacific saw three players score their first touchdowns this season against Puget Sound on Saturday. Running back Jake Toll scored the Boxers' first touchdown with 5:13 to go, receiving a 10-yard pass from T.C. Campbell. Brian Taylor, meanwhile, had the Boxers' second touchdown in the fourth quarter, taking a 12-yard pass from Campbell in the middle of the end zone. Jayson Fukumoto (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii), meanwhile, was on the receiving end of a 35-yard bomb from Trevor Okamoto with 2:51 left that gave the Boxers their 42-31 final margin. In all, eight different players have scored Pacific's 11 touchdowns on the season.
LEG WORK: After going three weeks without an attempt and six weeks without a made field goal, Jon Lee (Sr., Kahalu'u, Hawaii) finally had a chance to put more than a PAT on the board for the Boxers. Lee closed out the second quarter against Puget Sound with a 30-yard field goal. It was his first made field goal since he hit a 42-yarder against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 18 and his first attempt since missing a 42-yarder at home against Willamette on Oct. 9. Lee also made a pair of PAT kicks on the Boxers' first two touchdowns. Lee continues to be one of the top kickers in the conference. He enters the week tied with Lewis & Clark's Simon Monley in field goals made, with each having made six and averaging 0.86 field goals made per game. That total ranks Lee in a tie for 55th among all Division III kickers. Lee enters the week ranked third in the NWC in kick scoring, averaging 3.4 points per game.
RETURN MEN: Kelson Kawai (Fr., North Kohala, Hawaii) and London Amorin (Fr., Waipahu, Hawaii) continue to rank as two of the top return men in the Northwest Conference. Kawai rank thirds in the NWC in kick return average, averaging 21.6 yards per return. He had two returns against Puget Sound for 55 yards, including a long return of 29 yards. Amorin is fourth in the NWC with a 19.7 yards per return average. He led the Boxers with three returns against Puget Sound for 64 yards, which included a long return of 33 yards.
SCHULTZ(E)!!!!: Gunther Schultze (Fr., Bellflower, Calif.) continues to be a relied upon presence in the Pacific offense. The running back had five receptions for a total of 56 yards, which included a long pass of 28 yards. He also included four rushes for 22 yards for a total of 78 yards of all-purpose offense, which led the Boxers. Schultze enters the week second for the Boxers in rushing, averaging 23.3 yards per game on 33 carries and fourth in receiving with 16.7 yards per reception.
DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING: Pacific continues to have players step up to make the stops defensively. Linebacker Tim Hastie (Fr., Auberry, Calif.) led Pacific for the second straight week in tackles, racking up six solo tackles against Puget Sound. Linebacker Josh Beck (Sr., Prosser, Wash.) had his best defensive game of the season against the Loggers, coming up with 5.5 tackles (5 solo, 1 assist), 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. Hastie enters the week ranked second for the Boxers in total tackles with 21.5 (16 solo, 11 assist), which also ranks him ninth in the NWC in tackles (other positions). Beck, meanwhile, moved up to fourth for the Boxers with 16.5 tackles (13 solo, 7 assist). Bryan Mills (Fr., Imbler, Ore.) continues to leads the team with 23 tackles (18 solo, 10 assist). Mills added three solo tackles to his total on Saturday and enters the week ranked in a tie for seventh in the NWC for tackles (other positions).
NATIONALLY RANKED PASSING: Pacific's season best passing day vaulted the Boxers back into the NCAA Division III national rankings. The Boxers are averaging 217.5 passing yards per game, which ranks the team 81st among Division III teams. The total also ranks the Boxers fourth. Puget Sound leads the NWC with an average 308.5 passing yards per game.
MEDICAL REPORT: P.J. Minaya was lost for the season against Linfield on Oct. 16 with a disclocated elbow against Linfield on Oct. 16. That brought the list of lost-for-the-season Boxers to five. Linebacker Marc Moody (Jr., Ewa Brach, Hawaii) was lost for the year after suffering an ankle injury against Lewis & Clark on Oct. 2. Wide receiver Darin Kamealoha (Fr., Waipahu, Hawaii) was lost for the year after breaking his leg in the Sept. 18 game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Kamealoha started each of the first two games of the season and had averaged 19.5 yards receiving per game. Defensive lineman Courtland Thompson (Fr., Hollister, Calif.) is out with a shoulder injury. Frank Howard (Jr., Orland, Calif.) and Scott Imanaka (Fr., Kaneohe, Hawaii) are also gone for the year with an unspecified injuries.
GO LONG: Pacific showed they came to play against Linfield on Oct. 16 on just their second play from scrimmage. With the ball at the Pacific 21-yard-line, quarterback P.J. Minaya (Fr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) found Jordan Fukumoto for a 79-yard passing play that scored one of two Pacific touchdowns in the game. The play ranks as the second longest in Pacific school history. The play is surpassed only by a 95-yard pass play from Pacific Hall of Fame quarterback Ralph Nickerson to Jim Wills in a game vs. Eastern Oregon during the 1973 season. Fukumoto went on to lead the Boxers in receiving against Linfield, registering the new team's first 100-yard receiving day with 106 yards. The play proved bittersweet for Minaya, who was knocked out for the season on the next series with a dislocated elbow.
RETURNING TO CONFERENCE PLAY: With the Oct. 2 game against Lewis & Clark, the Boxers played their first Northwest Conference game in nearly three decades. Prior to that date, Pacific played their last Northwest Conference contest to end the 1984 season, dropping a 34-19 decision to those same Pioneers. Pacific's last NWC win came earlier that season when the Boxers beat Willamette 35-13. The Boxers played seven more years after that season, competing as part of the Columbia Football Association. The NWC reinistated football as a conference sport in 1996 in preparation for the league's transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division III.
ON CAMPUS RECRUITS: A handful of players have come out for the Pacific program after being on campus for the majority of their college careers. Two of those are out for football are competing for the Boxers in other sports. Jon Lee is scheduled to be the starting place kicker on Saturday. Lee competed as a freshman for the Pacific men's soccer program. C.J. Aalona is also out for football after three seasons competing for the Pacific men's wrestling team and one season as a student assistant coach. Aalona will play on the defensive line after returning from injuries incurred during training camp.
ISLAND PRESENCE: In what should be no surprise to those familiar with Pacific University, the Boxers have a number of Hawaii students on the roster. A total of 30 of Pacific's 124 players hail from the Islands, well in line with 1:4 ratio of Hawaii students in Pacific's undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences. The list includes five players who played Kamehameha's 2009 state championship team, including Landon Aano (Fr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Chaz Bajet (Fr., Waipahu, Hawaii), Cameron Baron (Fr., Waianae, Hawaii), T.C. Campbell and Kamu Morita (Fr., Honolulu, Hawaii).
MAINLAND PRESENCE: Hawaii is not the only state well represented on the Pacific roster. The Boxers feature 31 players from Oregon, 27 from California and 12 from Washington. Pacific boasts players on the roster from literally every corner of the nation, including Arizona, North Dakota and Georgia.
SNAPPING THE SKID: Pacific will be looking to snap a 16-game losing streak on Saturday that stretches back to the end of the old program. The Boxers enter the game having lost 14 straight, dropping all of their games during the 1991 campaign. Pacific's last win came on Nov. 10, 1990, at the old McCready Field on the Pacific campus. The Boxers came back from a 14-0 deficit in the first half, tying it with a Joe Spanish four-yard run and taking the lead on Carlos Valdivia's extra point as the Boxers beat Oregon Tech 15-14.
PACIFIC TO BROADCAST ALL NINE GAMES: All nine Pacific football games will be broadcast online via Pacific's Boxer Sports Network. Audio webcasts of all nine games will be available live, with the pregame show beginning 15 minutes prior to kickoff. Audio webcasts will be available free of charge and will also be replayed Monday nights at 7 p.m. in the Portland area on KUIK-AM (1360). In addition, a video webcast will be available for all four home Pacific games. The video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert will provide the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert most recently worked as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK-AM in Hillsboro. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
SENIOR SALUTE: At Saturday night's game against Pacific Lutheran, Pacific will honor eight seniors who will be playing their final home contests. While only one year members of the new Pacific football program, their contributions have helped make the program's return a positive one.
C.J. Aalona (Hauula, Hawaii) came on as a member of the Pacific defensive line after three years as a member of the Pacific wrestling program. A starter in the Boxers' last five games, Aalona enters the week ranked fifth for the Boxers with 15.5 tackles (12 solo, 7 assist). He had season highs of three solos and four assisted tackles against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 18, a game in which he also recovered a fumble. Aalona is majoring in exercise science.
Josh Beck (Prosser, Wash.) transferred to Pacific after three seasons at Division III Occidental. Beck had his best effort of the season on Saturday against Puget Sound, coming up with 5.5 tackles (5 solo, 1 assist) and 0.5 tackles for loss. His 16.5 tackles ranks fourth for the Boxers. Beck was a starter for Occidental in 2009, starting all nine games while finishing third for the Tigers with 50 tackles. Beck is majoring in economics.
Jayson Fukumoto (Mililani, Hawaii) has made appearances in all seven games as a wide receiver. He has had only four receptions, but two big ones. Fukumoto had a 47-yard reception against Linfield on Oct. 16. He had a 35-yard touchdown reception for the Boxers in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Puget Sound. Fukumoto is majoring in psychology.
Jon Lee has made the most of his one season with the Boxers and his only season of organized football. Lee made a name for himself when he made four field goals in the Sept. 4 opener against Puget Sound, including a 28-yarder with the ball laying horizontal on the ground that accounted for the first points of the reinstated program. Lee enters the week ranked in a tie for first in the NWC and tied for 55th among Division III kickers with 0.86 field goals made per game (6 for 7). He leads the Boxers in scoring with 24 points (6 field goals, 6 PATs). Lee is majoring in biology.
Lokahi Lunn (Kailua, Hawaii) has spent the season as a reserve defensive lineman. Lunn was a three-year varsity starter at the Punahou School in Honolulu prior to coming to Pacific. Lunn is majoring in art.
J.A. Massaquoi (Suwanee, Ga.) played a pair of games for the Boxers as a defensive linebacker. Massaquoi chose to continue his football career at Pacific after coming up in a big football family. His brother Timothy played his college football at Michigan and his cousin Mohamed is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. Massaquoi is majoring in chemistry.
Sean Moore (Honolulu, Hawaii) spent the season as a reserve defensive back. He saw in action in one game, making his first appearance on Oct. 9 against Willamette. Moore is majoring in biology.
Aes Ferrer (Kahului, Hawaii) has also seen time for the Boxers as a reserve linebacker. Ferrer made appearances in the Oct. 2 game at Lewis & Clark and Oct. 9 game vs. Willamette. Ferrer is majoring in psychology.