TACOMA, Washington – Following a setback last week, the Puget Sound football team aims to continue a monumental 2018 season at home against No. 18 Whitworth Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Baker Stadium.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Whitworth|
|WHEN||Saturday, Oct. 20 | 1 p.m.|
|WHERE||Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
Battle of best
The Puget Sound vs. Whitworth game features the two best offenses in the Northwest Conference. The Pirates lead the NWC in both scoring (36.2 points per game) and total offense (453.2 yards per game). The Loggers rank second in both, averaging 34.3 points per game and 420.3 yards per game.
Best start since 2000
Puget Sound's four wins through this season's first five games is the program's best start since the 2000 campaign. The strong run was halted with a 23-22 loss at home against Pacific (Oct. 13). The last time the Loggers began a season with a 5-1 record was in 1987.
Back in Baker
Saturday's game marks the first time since the 2015 season that Puget Sound is playing in Baker Stadium in consecutive weeks.
Prior to the game against Pacific, Puget Sound was one of the best teams in the Northwest Conference at taking care of the football. However, the Loggers turned the ball over five times en route to a one-point loss against the Boxers.
The Northwest Conference's top three leaders for receiving touchdowns all wear Maroon & White. Jewell Day has nine receiving touchdowns, Collin Heimbach has seven, and AJ Johnson follows with five. Heimbach (102.5), Johnson (98.5), and Day (96.2) also ranked second, third, and fourth, respectively, for receiving yards per game.
Senior defensive end Todd Blakely leads the Northwest Conference in sacks with 9.5. His sack total is also tied for second across all of NCAA D-III.
Defensive back Kean Songcuan leads the NWC in tackling by a wide margin. He has recorded 56 tackles through six games, while the next-closest total in the conference is 49 tackles.
Abundance of honors
So far this season six Loggers have been named a Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week: AJ Johnson (offense), Jewell Day (offense), Collin Heimbach (offense), Murdock Rutledge (offense), Alex Everett (special teams), and Zackary Teats (defense). Teats and Jason Clayton have also been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week this season.
Scouting Whitworth (5-0, 3-0 NWC)
The Pirates are ranked No. 18 in the country in this week's D3football.com national poll. Whitworth entered the national conversation when it stunned Linfield with a 19-14 win (Sept. 29). In its most recent game, Whitworth eased past Pacific Lutheran, 55-13 (Oct. 13). Quarterback Leif Ericksen was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week follow the Pirates' win over the Lutes