Puget Sound to defend perfect home record against Whitworth

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Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com

TACOMA, Washington – The defending Northwest Conference champions come to Tacoma to challenge the Puget Sound football team's perfect home record when the Loggers kickoff against Whitworth Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in Baker Stadium.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound vs. Whitworth

 WHERE 

 Baker Stadium | Tacoma, Wash. 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Oct. 26 | 1 p.m. 

 LIVE

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Loggers Tackle Breast Cancer

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Puget Sound's Relay for Life student committee is teaming up with the local American Cancer Society to raise awareness and collect donations in the fight against breast cancer. Student-athletes and fans are all encouraged to wear pink to Saturday's game.

 

Perfect at home

The Loggers improved to 4-0 in Baker Stadium this fall following their 45-23 win over Pacific Lutheran (Oct. 19). Puget Sound's other three home wins were against Claremont-M-S, La Verne, and an overtime thriller against George Fox.

 

National Punter of the Week

Sophomore Alex Everett was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. The Bellingham, Washington native landed five punts inside the Lutes' 20, including three punts inside the 10, and one downed at the one. Everett had a boot of 58 yards, and he drew an automatic first down for the Loggers on a fourth-and-26 roughing-the-kicker penalty. Earlier this season, Everett was named the Northwest Conference Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week following the Loggers' 24-23 overtime win over George Fox (Oct. 5). With the Loggers trailing 17-14, Everett kicked the game-tying field goal as regulation time expired, sending the Homecoming contest into overtime. Everett was 3-for-3 in point-after attempts, and he booted a 48-yard punt. Last year, two Loggers received D3football.com Team of the Week honors: Jason Clayton and Zackary Teats.

 

Have a Day

Senior wide receiver Jewell Day was named the Logger of the Week for his performance against PLU. Day totaled a career-high 250 receiving yards on 11 catches, he had touchdown receptions of 78 yards and 73 yards. His 551 receiving yards this season ranks third in the Northwest Conference. AJ Johnson leads the NWC with 624 receiving yards.

 

Still the national leader

For the third consecutive week, AJ Johnson is the NCAA all-divisions leader for receptions per game (11.2). He leads the NWC in receiving yards (624) and receptions (67).

 

Pick three

Puget Sound intercepted PLU three times last week. Michael Zabran, Brody Pearman, and Aaron Fisher forced the turnovers.  

 

Conference landscape

Puget Sound (4-2) and Whitworth (4-1) are two of three NWC teams above .500 overall entering this weekend. Linfield matches Whitworth's 4-1 mark. Puget Sound and Pacific are both 2-1 in the NWC, while Linfield and Whitworth are 3-0.

 

Scouting Whitworth (4-1, 3-0 NWC)

The Pirates won the 2018 NWC crown and reached the second round of the NCAA D-III playoffs. Among the returning starters for the Pirates is quarterback Leif Ericksen. He currently ranks third in the NWC for passing yards (1,240) and second for passing touchdowns (16). Brayden Corona's 280 rushing yards is third in the conference. Defensively, Andrew McCoy is tops in the NWC with five sacks – just 0.5 sacks ahead of Puget Sound's Jordan Ubaldo. The Pirates' lone loss this season was a 37-30 decision at Chapman in the second week of the season.