Boxers drop conference opener at George Fox
George Fox scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a 27-7 win over Pacific in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.
Pacific fell to 0-2 on the season with the loss, while the Bruins improved to 3-1.
George Fox outgained Pacific 289 to 278 in the win. The Boxers' Brandon Boyd was the top ground-gainer in the game with 76 yards on 19 carries for the senior from Gilroy, Calif. For Pacific, quarterback J.T. Greenough completed 18 of 36 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. McGee was his top receiver with five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
George Fox quarterback Grant Schroeder ran the ball 13 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 6 of 16 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Three plays into the second quarter, Schroeder called his own number for an early 7-0 lead. On the next drive, Schroeder connected with for a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brad Lander that stretched the advantage to 14-0. The Boxers moved down the field late in the quarter, and Boxer kicker Alex Beekman attempted a 28-yard field goal that the Bruins' Ryan Russo blocked. The Bruins' Caleb Dalzell then scooped up the blocked kick and lateraled to teammate' Charles Riga who ran down the sideline 94 yards for a touchdown for a 21-0 lead.
To start the second half, Pacific got on the scoreboard on its first drive when Kevin McGee caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Greenough to cap a 73-yard, 11-play drive. With the momentum from the touchdown, the Boxer defense forced a George Fox turnover when Ryan Sinkking intercepted a deflected pass. The Boxers quickly marched down to the Bruins' 13-yard line before they attempted a 30-yard field goal, which too was blocked to keep the game 21-7 with 3:06 left in the third quarter.
The Bruins' added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Schroeder scored his second rushing touchdown of the night.
Next, Pacific will host Pacific Lutheran at 1 p.m. at Ledbetter Field for the homecoming tilt. Prior to the game, Pacific will dedicate Ledbetter Field and at halftime, the Boxers will honor its 2017 Hall of Fame Class.