TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team will celebrate its nine senior members Saturday, Nov. 3, prior to kickoff for the last home game of the 2018 season. The Loggers host No. 23 Linfield at 1 p.m.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Linfield|
|WHEN||Saturday, Nov. 3 | 1 p.m.|
|WHERE||Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
Before kicking off against the Wildcats, the Loggers will honor the following seniors and their loved ones: Matt Ahnin, Nik Bernhardt Todd Blakely, Collin Heimbach, Dwight Jackson, Zack Losack, Tristan Mosier, Keanu Songcuan, and Zackary Teats.
After suffering consecutive losses, the Loggers bounced back with a 42-28 win at Willamette last week (Oct. 27). Sophomore quarterback Murdock Rutledge threw for a career-high 478 yards, and Keanu Songcuan had two fourth-quarter interceptions to seal the win.
Another nod for Doc
Murdock Rutledge received his second NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honor (offense) this season following the Loggers' win over Willamette. In addition to throwing for 478 yards, the Everett, Washington native had four touchdown passes. He leads the NWC in touchdown passes with 20. Rutledge previously earned NWC Student-Athlete of the Week following the Loggers' 56-28 win at La Verne (Sept. 15). He threw for 359 yards and five touchdowns through just 2.5 quarters.
Abundance of accolades
Six different Loggers have accounted for seven NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors this season: Murdock Rutledge, AJ Johnson, Jewell Day, Collin Heimbach, Zackary Teats, and Alex Everett. Teats and Jason Clayton have received national recognition this season by earning a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Pick your poison
Jewell Day (12), Collin Heimbach (eight), and AJ Johnson (six) are the NWC's top three leaders in receiving touchdowns. They are also the conference's top three in receiving yards. Johnson leads the way with 785 receiving yards, Day follows with 778, and Heimbach has 775.
Several Puget Sound defenders are making names for themselves this season. In addition to defensive backs Jason Clayton and Zackary Teams being named to the D3football.com Team of the Week this fall, Matt Ahnin is tied for the Northwest Conference lead in interceptions with four, Keanu Songcuan ranks second in tackles with 69, and Todd Blakely is second in sacks with 9.5.
Scouting Linfield (5-2, 4-1 NWC)
The Wildcats enter Saturday's game ranked No. 23 in NCAA D-III by D3football.com. Linfield lost its season-opening game at Carroll (21-14), and it lost its conference-opening game at Whitworth (19-14). Linfield ranks third in the NWC in total offense (386.0), behind Whitworth (453.6) and Puget Sound (430.6). Defensively, however, the Wildcats surrender the fewest yards per game (243.0) and fewest points per game (10.4). Chidubem Nnoli leads the NWC in rushing with 674 yards.