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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT PUGET SOUND
Game No. 5/Away Game No. 3
Sat., Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Peyton Field at Baker Stadium, Tacoma, Wash.
Live Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Portland)
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Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video Webcast: http://bit.ly/UCDK9X
CAN THEY MAKE IT TWO A ROW OF PUGET SOUND?
After giving up a close 28-25 decision to a good Whitworth team over homecoming weekend, the Pacific football team will look to end a two-game losing streak against the team that provided for the Boxers' 2011 homecoming win. The Boxers travel north to Tacoma on Saturday to face a winless Puget Sound squad.
• Despite some impressive play by the Pacific defense in the first half, the Boxers could not complete a pair of second half comebacks as Whitworth preserved their undefeated record with a 28-25 victory over the Boxers on Saturday.
• The Boxers were in the game from start to finish despite being outgained by the Pirates 453-300. Quarterback P.J. Minaya completed 18 of 25 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
• Bobby Ladiges led Pacific in rishing for the third straight game, carrying 15 times for 54 yards and a touchdown. The Boxers finished with a total of 87 yards on the ground.
• Caleb Roher led Pacific with 162 yards of total offense for the game. He made four catches for 99 yards and a touchdown on a 57-yard reception from P.J. Minaya. He also had 60 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.
• The Pacific defense came up with 88 tackles on game, including seven tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble. The Boxers stopped the Pirates three times in Pacific territory, which including two red zone stops that did not result in points. Bryan Mills led Pacific with 10 tackles. Josh Brinkworth added nine tackles to maintain his lead in the Northwest Conference in the category.
• Puget Sound is the only Northwest Conference program in which Pacific has a winning record against. The Boxers lead the all-time series 15-13-3.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - PUGET SOUND LOGGERS
Location: Tacoma, Wash.
Colors: Maroon & White
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Peyton Field at Baker Stadium (4,000, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. Ronald Thomas
Athletic Director: Amy Hackett
Head Coach: Jeff Thomas (Redlands 2003)
Thomas' Record At Puget Sound: 2-16/2 Yrs.
Thomas' Record Overall: 2-16/2 Yrs.
All-Time Series: Pacific leads 15-13-3
Last Meeting: Pacific won 44-25 at Forest Grove on Oct. 29, 2011
ABOUT THE COACH: Jeff Thomas is in his third season as head coach of the Puget Sound football program. Within his first two seasons in Tacoma, Thomas has seen his players break 24 school records. The 2010 Loggers finished with the No. 6 rated passing offense in NCAA Division III while the 2011 squad finished in the top-10. Prior to coming to Puget Sound, Thomas served in multiple roles ar Redlands, including the last two seasons as offensive coordinator. He was named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Thomas played collegiate football at Redlands, where he earned a spot in the Aztec Bowl and was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team as a senior.
THE SERIES: Pacific leads the all-time series 15-13-3.
LAST MEETING - PACIFIC 44, PUGET SOUND 25: Pacific racked up 469 yards of total offense as the Boxers won their first game since the program was reinstated, 44-25, over Puget Sound on Oct. 29, 2011. T.C. Campbell completed 21 of 27 passes for 387 yards and tied his own school record of five touchdown passes. Caleb Roher caught three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns while Jordan Fukumoto caught five balls for 115 yards and two touchdowns. The defense also came up with some big plays with three interceptions and a late fourth quarter safety by Josh Brinkworth. Puget Sound quarterback Braden Foley completed 28 of 50 for 319 yards. Thiesen Chang caught nine balls for 135 yards.
PUGET SOUND NOTES
• Puget Sound enters the week ranked third in the NWC in total offense (1.479 yards/436.5 yards per game), second in passing offense (345 yards per game) and sixth in rushing offense (91.5 yards per game).
• Adam Kniffin became the Loggers' all-time leading receiver, surpassing Mike Bos' previous mark of 2,312 yards against Whittier on Sept. 22. Kniffin enters the week leading the NWC in total receiving yards (628), reciving yards per game (157.0) and yards per catch (19.6).
• Running back Kupono Park enters the week ranked fourth in the NWC in rushing yards (319), rushing yards per game (79.8) and yards per carry (4.3). He also ranks in a tie for third with three touchdowns.
• Puget Sound has not won a game since Oct. 30, 2010, when the Loggers took a 42-31 game in Tacoma from the first year back Boxers. Both of Puget Sound's victories that year came at the hand of Pacific.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
ROHERING UP FIELD: Caleb Roher (So., Gresham, Ore.) is seeing more action in his second season with the Boxers and is making an impact both on offense and special teams. Roher led the Boxers on Saturday against Whitworth with 162 yards of total offense. He had 60 of those yards on a pair of kickoff returns. He also had four catches for 99 yards, which included a 57-yard touchdown reception from P.J. Minaya (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) with 2:29 left that brought the Boxers to within a field goal. Roher enters the week ranked fourth in the NWC with his average of 22.2 yards per return. He also ranks fifth in the league with 178 yards and seventh with his eight returns.
ADD RETURNS: Pacific enters the week as one of the league's top teams in terms of kick returns. The Boxers rank second in the NWC with an average of 21 yards per return. The mark also ranks 91st among all NCAA Division III teams. In addition to Caleb Roher's work on kick returns, Kelson Kawai (Jr., North Kohala, Hawaii) is contributing to the tune of 21.2 yards per return, whcih ranks fifth in the NWC. In addition, Pacific enters the week ranked 66th among Division III teams with an average of 10.2 yards per return. Blake Anthony (So., Valencia, Calif.) ranks fifth in the league with his four returns and total of 41 yards.
RUNNING MAN: Bobby Ladiges (So., Escalon, Calif.) continues to lead an improved Pacific running game. The sophomore running back led the Boxers for the third straight game with his 54 yards on 15 carries against Whitworth on Saturday. The afternoon included a 19-yard run for the Boxers' first touchdown of the game in the second quarter. Ladiges enters the week ranked ninth in the NWC with his average of 39.2 rushing yards per game and total of 157 rushing yards. Ladiges is also tied for third in the league with three rushing touchdowns. As a team, Pacific ranks fifth in the NWC with an average of 94 rushing yards per game.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Pacific defense played a significant role in keeping the Boxers in Saturday's game with Whitworth. The Boxers finished with a total of 88 tackles on the day along with seven tackles for loss and two sacks. Three times the Boxers forced turnovers on downs by the Whitworth offense. Two of those came in the Pirates' red zone. In addition, Chrystian Johnson (Jr., Rogue River, Ore.) came up with a big first quarter sack of Whitworth's Bryan Peterson, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Pacific deep in Whitworth territory. Bryan Mills (Jr., Imbler, Ore.) led the Boxers with 10 tackles. Josh Brinkworth (So., Elk Grove, Calif.) finished with nine tackles, which allowed him to cotninue to lead the conference in tackles with a total of 40 in four games.
STOPPING THE RUN: Pacific continues to be particularly effective in stopping the run. The Boxers held Whitworth to 99 yards rushing on Saturday. The Pirates entered the game averaging 156.8 rushing yards per game. The Boxers are limiting teams to an average of 114 rushing yards per game, ranking Pacific 66th in the category among all NCAA Division III teams.
IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In this NCAA Division III statistical rankings, Pacific ranked 34th in sacks with an average of 1.00 sacks per game. The Boxers also enter the week ranked 48th in passing offense (256.25 yards per game), 64th in tackles for loss (7.25 per game), 66th in rushing defense (144 yards allowed per game), punt returns (10.25 yards per return) and sacks (2.50 per game); 90th in pass efficiency (132.48) and 91st in kickoff returns (20.96 yards per return).
Individually, Moses Villareal-Gomez (So., Stockton, Ore.) is tied for 23rd in field goals with an average of 1.00 per game. Josh Brinkworth ranks in a tie for 64th in tackles with 10.00 per game and Landon Aano (Jr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) ranks in a tie for 86th with 0.75 sacks per game. The NCAA Division III statistics are updated weekly by Monday and can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/V5rq48.
PUTTING AN END TO THE ROAD BLUES: Pacific's road victory on Sept. 8 at Occidental was a long time in coming. Not only was it the first road win for the reinistated Pacific program, but it the first road win for the Boxers since Oct. 20, 1990. That Saturday, the Boxers were 24-17 winners over Western Oregon at McArthur Field in Monmouth. The next week, on Oct. 27, 1990, the Boxers battled Lewis & Clark to 22-22 tie in Portland. Pacific went 0-9 in the 1991 season before the program was discontinued.
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...First Team All-NWC receiver Jordan Fukumoto was lost for the season in the Sept. 8 Occidental game with a broken leg.
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.
PERFECT WEEK, PERFECT HONOR: After struggling in the Boxers' first game of the season, Moses Villareal-Gomez turned his game around to help Pacific earn the 27-6 win at Occidental on Sept. 8. For his efforts, Villareal-Gomez was selected as the NWC Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 3-9. Villareal-Gomez hit a 37-yard field goal to close out the first half and give Pacific a 17-0 halftime lead. He then opened the second half by kicking a 32-yard field goal. He also went 3 for 3 on point after attempts.
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 Puget Sound will air live with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 12:45 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.