Loggers return to California for clash with Leopards

Loggers return to California for clash with Leopards

TACOMA, Washington – One more non-conference game awaits the Puget Sound football team when the Loggers play at La Verne Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m.

 

WHO   Puget Sound at La Verne
 WHEN   Saturday, Sept. 15 | 1 p.m. 
 WHERE   Ortmayer Stadium| La Verne, Calif. 
 LINKS  Stats & Video

 

California dreamin'

Puget Sound has won three of its last four games in California, including two wins as Claremont-M-S and a win at Occidental. The lone California loss for the Loggers in the past three seasons was at La Verne in 2017.

 

Spotting the Leopards

The last time Puget Sound and La Verne went head-to-head was in the 2017 season opener. The Loggers spotted the Leopards 20 points through the game's first 24 minutes, and La Verne held on for a 33-25 win. AJ Johnson finished the game with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Zabran also caught seven passes for 69 yards. Defensively, Braden Ash and Todd Blakely combined for 3.5 sacks. 

 

Receiving conference awards

Through the first two weeks of the season, Puget Sound is the only team to receive Northwest Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week honors. Jewell Day earned the nod after hauling in 163 receiving yards, including two touchdowns that both went for more than 50 yards, against Redlands (Sept. 8). AJ Johnson earned the honor after he opened the season with 12 receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns during a win at Claremont-M-S (Sept. 1).

 

Nation's elite

Although the season is still young, AJ Johnson is quickly proving that he's among the best wide receivers in all of NCAA D-III.  The junior is tied for the second-most receptions (24) in the nation. He also leads the NWC with 144.5 receiving yards per game. The conference's second leading receiver is Jewell Day with 110.5 receiving yards per game.

 

The sack attack is back, Jack

Defensive linemen Todd Blakely and Braden Ash tormented offensive lines in 2017, and they've turned it up a notch in 2018. Blakely leads the NWC with three sacks, and Ash is close behind with 2.5. 

 

Take care

Puget Sound is the only team in the NWC that has not committed a turnover this season. Defensively, the Loggers have forced two turnovers: a Jason Clayton interception and a Matt Ahnin fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

 

Scouting La Verne (0-1)

The Leopards were trounced at Whitworth, 38-2, Sept. 1. Senior quarterback Josh Evans started seven games last year, and 2017 All-SCIAC defensive lineman Austin Brown is back to lead the defensive efforts.