Loggers bound for Forest Grove for bout with Boxers

Loggers bound for Forest Grove for bout with Boxers

TACOMA, Washington – A top-three Northwest Conference standing is on the line when the Puget Sound football team kicks off at Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. Both teams are 1-1 in the NWC, and Saturday's victor will come out of the weekend in at least a tie for the third-best in-conference record. Depending on other league outcomes, either the Loggers or Boxers could end up in a tie for second place in the NWC by Saturday night. 

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound at Pacific

 WHERE 

 Forest Grove, Ore. | Hanson Stadium  

 WHEN

 Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

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By air

Senior quarterback Tanner Diebold leads the NWC in passing yards per game (295.8). He was named Logger of the Week after throwing for 318 yards and two touchdowns during Puget Sound's 35-13 Homecoming win over Lewis & Clark (Oct. 7).

 

By ground

Four different Loggers have rushed for at least one touchdown this season. Paul Thomas and Vance Wood are tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns, each. Duncan Varela scored on a 68-yard touchdown carry against Lewis & Clark, and Tanner Diebold reached the end zone on foot at Pacific Lutheran.

 

Quite the defensive pair

Puget Sound arguably has the best pair of defensive linemen in the NWC. Braden Ash is second in the NWC with four sacks this season, and he ranks third with 6.5 tackles for a loss. Fellow lineman Todd Blakely is fourth in the NWC with 5.5 tackles for a loss, and he has two sacks to his credit.

 

Quite the offensive pair

Wide receivers AJ Johnson and Dustin Harrison are tied for third in the NWC with six receptions per game. Johnson leads the NWC with 100.7 receiving yards per game, 20 more yards than the next receiver.

 

Maximum effort

The Loggers are generally heralded for the their high-tempo offense in recent years, but the defense has really stepped it up in 2017. While the Puget Sound offense is second in the NWC with 427.3 yards of total offense per game, the Logger defense leads the league in allowing 273.5 yards per game. Puget Sound also has the best rushing defense in the league, yielding just 100.5 yards per game on the ground.

 

Scouting Pacific (1-2, 1-1 NWC)

The Boxers snapped a two-game slide by edging out Pacific Lutheran, 24-20, Oct. 7. Brandon Boyd ran for 126 yards on 16 carries, and he reached the end zone twice. Boyd is second in the league with 100.3 rushing yards per game, and he's tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns (four). On the other side of the ball, Havier Harvey leads the NWC with 4.5 sacks. Pacific's offense ranks last in total yards per game (301.0), and it's rushing defense allows the most yards on the ground per game (203.7) in the NWC.

 

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