LA VERNE, California – Sophomore quarterback Murdock Rutledge and the offense set the tone early as the Puget Sound football team won big at La Verne, 56-28, Saturday afternoon. The Loggers improve their record to 2-1, marking the fourth time in five years that Puget Sound won two of its first three games.
Rutledge and the Logger receivers made a strong statement in the game's opening drive, marching 75 yards to reach the end zone in less than four minutes. Rutledge completed nine of 10 pass attempts during the opening drive, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Collin Heimbach.
Heimbach finished the game with seven receptions for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The reigning Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for offense – Jewell Day – continued to baffle secondaries. He torched the Leopards (0-2) for 131 receiving yards on nine catches and three touchdowns.
Day's first touchdown catch put the Loggers ahead, 14-0, with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter. Puget Sound increased its lead to 21-0 early in the third quarter thanks to an 8-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Goldizen.
AJ Johnson came away with nine receptions, increasing his season total to 33 through three games.
Rutledge completed 35 of 48 pass attempts for 359 yards. His five touchdown passes are the most since Hans Fortune has seven at Occidental during the 2016 season.
Puget Sound's defensive efforts included Brody Pearman's first interception of the season, and the team notched 10 total tackles for a loss of 38 yards.
Freshman kicker Alex Everett had the best game of his young career. He made all eight point-after attempts, and averaged 54.5 yards per punt – including a 75-yarder.
The Loggers next have a bye week, but they return to action to host Pacific Lutheran during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.