THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT MENLO
Game No. 9/Away Game No. 5
Sat., Nov. 13, Noon, Cartan Field, Atherton, Calif.
Live Audio Webcast: client.stretchinternet.com/client/pacific.portal#
Audio replay Monday night, 7 p.m., on KUIK-AM (1360)
THE RETURN SEASON WRAPS UP UNDER THE OAKS AT MENLO
After posting a tremendous effort against nationally ranked Pacific Lutheran to close out the home and Northwest Conference schedules, the Pacific football team concludes the the 2010 return season with a trip to the Bay Area. The Boxers will take on former Northwest Conference rival Menlo, who dropped from the NWC to NAIA independent status following the 2009 season.
• Pacific stayed within a touchdown of No. 21 Pacific Lutheran for three quarters before the Lutes put up three fourth quarter touchdowns to run past the Boxers 50-23.
• Quarterback T.C. Campbell put together another strong performance, completing 17 of 25 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
• Running back Davis Jacobs put together a season best day, finishing with 122 yards of total offense, including 92 rushing yards and a touchdown. Davis had most of his yardage in the first half.
• Wide receiver Kelson Kawai finished with 136 all-purpose yards with a combination of offense plays and kick returns. Kawai returned four kickoffs for a total of 79 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown.
• Jon Lee equaled his season best with a 42-yard first quarter field goal that gave Pacific their first points of the contest. Lee also went 2 for 3 on PAT attempts. He continues to lead the Northwest Conference in field goal kicking.
• Defensive back Bryan Mills netted his second interception of the season, picking off PLU quarterback Jordan Rasmussen with 2:36 left in the first quarter. Mills led the defense with 8.5 tackles, including seven solo tackles.
• This will be first ever meeting in football between the Boxers and the Oaks. Menlo had been an affiliate member of the Northwest Conference in football since 2006, but dropped their membership and returned to NAIA status in May.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Location: Atherton, Calif.
Colors: Navy & White
Conference: NAIA Independent
Stadium: Conner Athletic Field (1,000, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. Timothy Haight
Athletic Director: Keith Spataro
Head Coach: Fred Guidici (San Jose State 1986)
Guidici's Record At Menlo: 4-6/1 Year
Guidici's Record Overall: 4-6/1 Year
2009 Record: 4-6 NWC Record: 3-3 (tie 3rd)
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
ABOUT THE COACH: Fred Guidici is in his second season as Menlo head coach, taking over from former Pacific All-American Mark Kaanapu for the 2009 season. Guidici is in his 14th season as a member of the Menlo coaching staff, having served previously as the program's special teams coordinator. Guidici led Menlo to a third place Northwest Conference finish in what was the team's final NWC campaign before returning to NAIA independent status. Guidici has also coaches for the San Jose SaberCats (arena), Oakland Raiders, Stanford and Santa Clara.
THE SERIES: This is the first ever meeting between Pacific and Menlo.
LAST GAME: SOUTHERN OREGON 24, MENLO 13
Menlo finished up the NAIA portion of their 2010 schedule with a 24-13 loss to Southern Oregon Saturday at Cartan Field. Menlo struck first when quarterback Cruz Castillo found Michael Alexander for a 61-yard touchdown past. The Raiders struck back quickly, running a 3 minute, 43 second drive to score on a 1-yard run by Carlos Valdivia. Menlo led at half 13-7, but the Raiders opened the second half with a 77-yard touchdown pass and scored their final 10 points off of Menlo turnovers. Castillo finished 18 for 30 passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Southern Oregon quarterback Chris Kammel completed 12 of 24 passes for 183 yards and a score.
• After being ranked in the NAIA Top-25 to open the season, Menlo has gone on to lose their last six games, including all five contests against their former Northwest Conference counterparts.
• As of games played through Oct. 26, Menlo averaged 316.5 yards of total offense per game, including 190.8 yards of offense passing. The Oaks are allowing 262.1 yards of offense per game, with the majority coming in the air as opponents have averaged 158.8 yards passing per game.
• Quarterback Cruz Castillo is averaging 117.4 yards per game and has completed 94 of 172 passes with eight interceptions He has played in seven of the Oaks' 10 contests. Payton Bell is the team's leading rusher with an average 81.2 per game and 3.8 yards per carry. Kenny Cavness leads the receivers with an average of 47.8 yards per game (all stats as of Oct. 26).
• Defensively, R.J. Rivera and Beau Bussani lead the Oaks with 57 tackles apiece. Rivera has 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery to his credit. Bussani has 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and three interceptions.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
CAREER DAY: After a couple of quiet games for the Boxers, running back Davis Jacobs (Fr., Tigard, Ore.) came back with a vengence under the lights. Davis put together 122 all-purpose yards, including a total of 92 rushing yards. He scored the Boxers' first touchdown against the Lutes on a six-yard run with 4:51 left in the second quarter. The effort was a season best for Jacobs, who continues to be the Boxers' top rushing threat. He enters the week with 237 total yards, averaging 29.6 yards per game, with a pair of touchdowns. He also enters the week tied for third for the Boxers in scoring with 12 points.
CAREER DAY 2: Kelson Kawai (Fr., North Kohala, Hawaii) also found himself with a college career day against the Lutes. The wide receiver/kick return specialist led the Boxers with 136 all-purpose yards. A total of 79 of those yards came on four kick returns. He also caught five balls for 57 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown strike from T.C. Campbell (Fr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) to open the third quarter. Kawai enters the week as the team leader in all-purpose yards with 612, an average of 61.2 yards per game. He enters the week ranked third in the NWC in kickoff returns with an average of 21.3 yards per return.
ANOTHER SOLID PASSING EFFORT: For the second week in a row, T.C. Campbell made the most of the opportunity to play the majority of the contest for the Boxers. Campbell completed 17 of 25 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once. The totals were the second best for the Boxers this season, surpassed only by last week's 222-yard effort at Puget Sound. Campbell enters the week averaging 101.5 yards per game, ranking him seventh among NWC quarterbacks. He is also ranked ninth in total offense with 90.9 yards per game and 10th in pass efficiency with a rating of 104.1. Campbell emerged early in the season from a group of eight quarterbacks and has started seven of the Boxers' eight contests.
LEG WORK: In his final game in front of the home crowd, Jon Lee (Sr., Kahalu'u, Hawaii) was able to do what he does best. Lee put Pacific on the board late in the first quarter against Pacific Lutheran Saturday night, equaling his season best with a 42-yard field goal. He also was good on 2 of 3 PAT attempts in the contest. Lee continues to be one of the top kickers in the Northwest Conference. He enters the week tied for first with seven made field goals and is third in kick scoring with an average of 3.6 points per game. Lee also enters the week tied for 47th among NCAA Division III kickers with his average of 0.88 field goals per game.
MILLING AROUND ON DEFENSE: Defensive back Bryan Mills (Fr., Imbler, Ore.) continues to step up to make ther big plays in the Pacific defense. Mills led Pacific against Pacific Lutheran with 8.5 tackles, including seven solo tackles. He also had his second interception of the season, picking off PLU's Jordan Rasmussen with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter. Mills, who played eight-man football as a prep player at Imbler High School in eastern Oregon, has developed into a field leader for the Pacific defense. Mills enters the week ranked sixth in the NWC in tackles (other positions) with 38.
ADD DEFENSE: Ku Aiona's (So., Kapolei, Hawaii) transition from wide receiver to safety has proven to be a good one for the Boxers. Aiona came up with seven solo tackles for the Boxers against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday and also had two pass breakups. Aiona, who was initially slated to be a wide receiver at the opening of camp, enters the week ranked fourth for the team with 20.5 tackles, which includes two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.
NATIONALLY RANKED PASSING: Pacific continues to rank among the top teams in the nation when it comes to passing. The Boxers enter the week ranked 91st among NCAA Division III teams with an average of 210.2 yards per game. The team also ranks fourth in the NWC in passing offense.
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 17-game losing streak on Saturday that stretches back to the end of the old program. The Boxers enter the game having lost 17 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.