Experience gained with homecoming prep

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After a tough non-Conference schedule to open the 2013 season, the Pacific Football Team is standing tall with a perfect record of 3-0.

The latest victory, however, did not come easily. The Boxers traveled to Atherton, Calif. and came out on top with a 28-21 victory over the Menlo Oaks.

At the half, the Boxers were up 17-7. After trading a few scores, the Boxers found themselves down one point late in the fourth quarter.

The Boxers answered immediately by driving down the field 62 yards for an 11-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback P.J. Minaya to sophomore tight end Jack Michels.

Thus far this season, the Boxers have been playing incredible football. The three-win start to the season has been the best since 1964. But for now, none of that matters.

Now the real season starts. The Boxers will begin Northwest Conference play on Oct. 5 in Spokane, Wash. against the Whitworth Pirates.

Last year, the Boxers almost mounted a comeback against the Pirates but were stopped short on homecoming, losing 25-28.

The following week, the Boxers will return to Lincoln Park Stadium Oct. 12 for homecoming against the Puget Sound Loggers.

Both the Pirates and Loggers have started off the season with a .500 winning percentage with records of 2-2 and 1-1, respectively.

The Boxers are coming off of a bye-week after their victory over Menlo. During the bye-week, the second strong Boxers had a scrimmage Sept. 28 against the Everett Red Raiders Junior College football team.

The Boxers lost 14-21, but it gave the reserve players a great opportunity to gain some playing experience and show the coaches what they can do in a game situation.

The 2013 NCAA Division-III football season is entering its sixth official week. Through the first five weeks, the Boxers have been competing statistically with some of the best in the nation.

Offensively, the Boxers are ranked No. 17 in passing efficiency, No. 39 in passing yards per game, No. 20 in passing yards per completion, No. 33 in scoring per game, and tied for No. 16 in third down conversion percentage.

One of the reasons the passing game has been so successful is because of the offensive line. The Boxers rank tied for second in tackles for loss allowed per game and tied for No. 25 in sacks allowed per game.

The Boxers’ defense is ranking similarly.

Overall, they are right where they need to be to continue their success.

As far as the conference goes, Pacific also leads in number of passing touchdowns thrown, number of sacks, and number of interceptions.

Staying at the top in categories like these we ultimately lead to staying at the top of the league.


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