Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
Sat., Sept. 8, 6 p.m., Jack Kemp Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
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ANOTHER TOUGH CHALLENGE AWAITS BOXERS ON FIRST ROADIE
The 2012 Pacific football season did not begin with the start the team wanted as the Boxers took a 51-14 loss to Division II Simon Fraser. The Boxers take their first road trip this weekend, playing their first NCAA Division III opponent of the year at Occidental on Saturday. This will be the first meeting between the two teams and Pacific's third opponent from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in as many years.
• Pacific outgained Simon Fraser on offense 385 to 378, but lapses on special teams and a stunted scoring drive on the Boxers' opening series of the game proved the difference for a 51-14 loss to the Clan on Thursday night.
• Jordan Fukumoto finished right where he left off in 2011, making five catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. His ledger included a 62-yard pass completion from T.C. Campbell on the Boxers' first play from scrimmage.
• Darin Kamealoha had a great outing in his first game since the second week of the 2010 season. The sophomore finished with 64 yards on five catches as nine different Pacific players made catches.
• T.C. Campbell completed 12 of 20 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown with an interception. The Boxers' starter in 18 of the team's first 19 games, however, was lost to the season with a torn ACL suffered in the fourth quarter.
• P.J. Minaya performed well in his time on the field, completing 10 of 17 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He tops the depth chart at quarterback this week.
• Defensive back Josh Brinkworth led all defensive playerd with 11 tackles, including nine solo tackles and a tackle for loss. Linebacker Gabe Flory added seven tackles, including six solo efforts.
• Pacific's trip to Los Angeles is the second for the Boxers in as many years, but it is just the second trip to Southern California for a Pacific team since the then "Badgers" traveled to Cal Poly in 1958.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - OCCIDENTAL
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Colors: Orange & Black
Conference: Southern California (NCAA III)
Stadium: Jack Kemp Stadium (4,000, uncovered, FieldTurf)
President: Dr. Jonathan Veitch
Athletic Director: Jaime Hoffman
Head Coach: Bill Redell
Redell's Record At Occidental: First Season
Redell's Record Overall: First Season
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
ABOUT THE COACH: Bill Redell, a longtime successful high school in Southern California, enters his first season as head coach at Occidental. Redell won eight straight CIF Southern Section championships and amassed a career prep record of 233-65-3. His last stop was at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, where he won seven Southern Section titles, leading the Lions to nine consecutive CIF championship games and a 48-game win streak. Prior to Oaks Christian, Redell coached at Crespi Carmelite High School and also spent a season coaching in the USFL with the Portland Breakers. A two-time All-American for Occidental in 1962 and 1963 as a defensive back, Redell set a CFL record for pass percentage and led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the 1967 Grey Cup championship.
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between Pacific and Occidental.
• Occidental finished the 2011 season with a 5-4 record and went 4-3 against SCIAC opponents. The Tigers played one game against a NWC last year, winning at Puget Sound 30-12.
• Occidental had six players named to the All-SCIAC Team, three of which return for the 2012 season. Junior receiver Matthew Tuckness ranked in the top-five in the nation at the Division III level with 14 touchdown receptions and receiver Ryan Rodriguez led the SCIAC in catches. Defensive lineman Casey Shibuya was also named to the All-SCIAC Team.
• Occidental was primarily a passing team in 2011. Of their average of 390.9 yards per game, 304.6 yards came in the air. Rodriguez had 67 receptions for 749 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 83.2 yards per game.
• Wesley McDaniel, the leading rusher in 2011, also returns for the Tigers. He rushed for 642 yards last season with an average of 4.1 yards per carry and six touchdowns.
• Occidental's most famous football alumnus is Jack Kemp. Named to the AP Little All-America Team, Kemp went to star as a quarterback for the AFL's San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills before a distingished career in Congress and a nomination as the Republican candidate for vice president in 1996. Occidental's football stadium was named for Kemp following his death in 2009.
• President Barack Obama attended Occidental for two years in the early 1980s before transferring to Columbia University. The Hawaii native was also a graduate of the Punahou School, the same alma mater of Pacific football player Nicholas Schilla.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
HASN'T LOST A BEAT: Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) showed that an off-season has taken nothing off of the First Team All-NWC receiver. Fukumoto led the Pacific receiving corps once again, making five catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Simon Fraser. His biggest catch came on the first play of the game when T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) hooked up for a 62-yard reception that put the Boxers at the Clan 7-yard line. It wouldn't be until late in the second quarter until he scored the Boxers' first touchdown of the season, taking a 38-yard strike from Campbell with 35 seconds left in the stanza. Things are seeming status quo for Pacific's first All-NWC First Team selection since 1984. His 130 yards and ranks him second among NWC receivers in week one. His 130.0 yards per game best performance in NCAA Division III last week.
WELCOME BACK: For someone who has not played a game in nearly two years, Darin Kamealoha (So., Waipahu, Hawaii) showed that he still has the tools to be a dynamic receiver. Playing in his first contest since suffering an injury against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 17, 2010, Kamealoha made five catches for 64 yards. That included a long 27-yard reception from T.C. Campbell in the third quarter. Kamealoha earned the start at wide receiver opposite Jordan Fukumoto to begin the season. He enters week two ranked seventh in the NWC with 64.0 yards per game and 12.8 yards per reception.
RETURN MEN: With Simon Fraser's nine scores against Simon Fraser on Thursday, the Boxers' special teams had plenty of chances to gain experience on kickoff returns. Caleb Roher (So., Gresham, Ore.) had five returns for 100 yards, which included a 27-yard return in the first quarter. Roher enters the week as the league's top return man in the young season with 100 yards and 20.0 yards per return. Kelson Kawai (Jr., North Kohala, Hawaii) had one return for 25 yards and Jon Dober (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) had one return for 23 yards.
ONE AND OUT: The Simon Fraser game proved to be the first and last game of the season for quarterback T.C. Campbell. Pacific's start in 18 of the first 19 games since the program was brought back for the 2010 season, Campbell suffered a torn ACL in Pacific's last drive on Thursday night. Before exiting the game, Campbell completed 12 of 20 for 237 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Campbell's injury will now give P.J. Minaya (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) a second chance as a starting quarterback. Minaya started one game in the 2010 season, against Linfield on Oct. 16, before seeing his season end on the Boxers' third play of the game. Against Simon Fraser on Thursday, Minaya completed 10 of 17 passes for 108 yards and the team's last touchdown of the night.
YOU'VE GOT ONE SHOT, SO PUNCH IT IN: Deven McKinney (So., Spanaway, Wash.) had one chance to get a touch on the ball against Simon Fraser, so he figured he had better make the best use of it. McKinney had one reception for 22 yards, catching a pass from P.J. Minaya for the Boxers' fourth quarter score. McKinney was one of nine Pacific players who caught passes for the Boxers on Thursday night.
OFFENSIVELY SPEAKING: The outcome of Thursday's loss to Simon Fraser did not tell the story of the potential of the Pacific offense. The Boxers outgained the Clan 385 yards to 378 yards while running 11 less plays. Pacific continued to show their prowess as a passing team. Their 345 yards in the air was the 15th most among Division III teams in the first week. Pacific finished the 2011 season as one of the top passing teams in the nation by the numbers. The Boxers' 282.3 passing yards per game ranked 23rd among Division III and third among Northwest Conference teams.
ONE MAN TACKLING SHOW: Defensive back Josh Brinkworth (So., Elk Grove, Calif.) proved to be close to a one-man tackling show for Pacific against Simon Fraser. Brinkworth led the Boxers with 11 tackles, including nine solo tackles and one for loss. The performance proved to be the best in the conference in week one. Linebacker Gabe Flory (Jr., Davis, Calif.) followed close behind with seven tackles, six of which were solo, to go along with 1.5 tackles for loss. Five other Boxers, Landon Aano (Jr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Kasey Dukes (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) and Kamu Morita (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) each had five tackles.
INJURY REPORT: Quarterback T.C. Campbell was lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered against Simon Fraser on Aug. 30. Linebacker Chris Santiago (So., Waipahu, Hawaii) was lost for the season against Simon Fraser on Aug. 30 with a torn ACL.
THE KEITH BUCKLEY MEDIA TOUR: The start-up of the 2012 season allowed Head Coach Keith Buckley to make a tour of the Portland-area media to preach Pacific football. The third year head coach appeared on Aug. 27 on "The Bald Faced Truth" on 750 The Game (KXTG-AM), guest hosted by Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler. Buckley is scheduled to do radio interviews on Aug. 28 on Beaver Sports Nation with Scott Lynn on KPOJ-AM (620) and Northwest Sports Tonight with Ron Callan on AM 860 KPAM. In addition to the radio exposure, Pacific football was featured over the last two weeks on television on KATU (2), who also covered Thursday's game.
LOCAL TIES: The Pacific roster in 2012 features four players with ties to the three high schools in the Forest Grove area. Offensive lineman Eric Gietzen, a 2010 graduate of Forest Grove High School, reprises a starting role at guard for the third consecutive year. Gietzen native spent a year at Portland State (did not play football) before returning to The Grove. Jon Dober and Lee Holscher also made the decision to attend and play for Pacific after careers at Forest Grove. David Carr is in his first season for the Boxers and is the first player in the new era of the program from Gaston High School.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2012 Pacific football season preview can be read at http://www.goboxers.com/sports/2012/8/24/FB_0824123030.aspx?tab=football&path=football.
KUIK PICKS UP REMAINING FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: For the third straight season, the bulk of the Pacific football season will be aired in the Portland area on 1360 AM KUIK. Saturday's game against Occidental will air live on KUIK at 7 p.m., with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. In addition, a live audio webcast will also be available for all nine football games and a video webcast will be available for the four home Pacific games. The audio webcast is offered free of charge, video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert returns for his third season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert also works as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK. 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.
BOXERS PICKED SIXTH IN NWC PRESEASON POLL: Pacific is picked to repeat their sixth place finish according to the preseason coaches poll released in August. The Boxers received 15 of a possible 49 votes in the poll. Pacific is picked just two points behind fifth place Willamette (17) and four points behind fourth place Lewis & Clark (19). Puget Sound is picked behind the Boxers in seventh, receiving six points. Linfield is picked to win their fourth consecutive NWC title, picking up six of seven first place votes for 42 points. Pacific Lutheran is picked second with 29 points and Whitworth third with 26 points, including one first place vote.