The NWC's top scoring teams meet Saturday

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – One week after a thrilling Homecoming victory in overtime against Pacific Lutheran, the Puget Sound football team is back on the road for a Northwest Conference game at Lewis & Clark, Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Lewis & Clark 
 WHEN   Saturday, Oct. 6 | 1 p.m. 
 WHERE   Portland, Ore.
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

A Homecoming to remember

An inadvertent whistle took away from the Loggers what would have been a game-winning fumble recovery returned for a touchdown with no time left in regulation, but Puget Sound was unphased heading into the extra period. The Loggers' first play from scrimmage in overtime was a 25-yard touchdown pass from Murdock Rutledge to Jewell Day. Pacific Lutheran's first offensive play in overtime was also a toss into the end zone, but Jason Clayton intercepted the pass to seal the victory, 28-21.

 

Offensive sweeps

Puget Sound has received all four Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors for offense this season. AJ Johnson, Jewell Day, and Murdock Rutledge were the first three recipients. Collin Heimbach earned the honor after putting up 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns against PLU. Alex Everett also earned a NWC nod for special teams following Puget Sound's win at La Verne (Sept. 15).

 

Three-headed monster

Puget Sound is the only team across all NCAA football programs with three players averaging at least 100 yards receiving. Jewell Day leads the way with 112.5 receiving yards per game, followed by Collin Heimbach (108.8) and AJ Johnson (106.3).

 

National recognition

Jason Clayton was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week following Puget Sound's win against Pacific Lutheran. He finished with two interceptions, including the game-winner in overtime. Clayton is the first Logger to be named to D3football.com Team of the Week since Jake Wuesthoff, Nov. 2016.

 

Take a pass

Puget Sound's passing offense is ranked No. 2 in NCAA D-III. The Loggers average 413.5 yards through the air per game. Murdock Rutledge has totaled 1,002 passing yards, while Nik Bernhardt has thrown for 517 yards. Wide receiver Michael Zabran also added to Puget Sound's aerial attack when he threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Collin Heimbach against PLU. Rutledge leads the NWC in passing touchdowns with 11.

 

Sack attack

Defensive lineman Todd Blakely is second in the NWC with 4.5 sacks, and his 1.5 sacks per game average ranks No. 5 in NCAA D-III. Fellow lineman Braden Ash is close behind with 3.5 sacks this season. 

 

Defensive key

Keanu Songcuan leads the NWC in tackles per game with 10.5 He also has a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery to his credit.

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (2-1, 1-0 NWC)

The Pioneers came up with a big win against Willamette last week, 39-21. The week prior, Lewis & Clark topped Whittier, 46-27, in a non-conference game. The Pioneers trail only Puget Sound for the NWC lead in total offense. The Loggers average 441.3 yards per game, while Lewis & Clark averages 432.7. Puget Sound (37.5) and Lewis & Clark (35.3) are also the top two scoring teams in the NWC. However, the Lewis & Clark defense allows 401 yards per game, which ranks last in the NWC. Michael Abraham leads the NWC in rushing yards per game (115.0) and rushing touchdowns (6). Puget Sound is 26-14 all-time against Lewis & Clark, including a current four-game winning streak against the Pioneers.