Football team struggles in home opener

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Over Labor Day weekend the Pacific University Football team kicked off their 2018 season with a road trip to Southern California for a matchup against Chapman University.

The Chapman Cougars had a conference record of six wins and zero losses in 2017 and averaged 45 points on their home field each game last season. As defending SCIAC champions, Chapman University came in as the heavy favorite in this non-conference battle.
The Boxers were held to zero points at the half during the game and had 174 yards worth of total offense. The team’s longest drive was 35-yards and it consisted of eight plays.

The Boxers only six points on the night came after a fumble recovery by Linebacker Vinny Le off of a sack by Senior Defensive End Bobby Ulrich. Quarterback J.T Greenough then connected with freshman receiver Hayden Von Almen for a 31-yard touchdown. After a tightly contested fourth quarter, the Boxers ultimately fell 36-6 to the Chapman Cougars.

Even with the defeat, the future looks bright for the team. As freshman receivers, Hayden Von Almen and Kainulu Reyes-Hackney led the Boxers in receiving yards and receptions.

Up next for the Boxers are the last two games of a three-game homestand, featuring a non-conference matchup against Cal Lutheran University and the conference opener against George Fox University, after falling to the University of Dubuque in the team’s home opener on Sept. 8, with a final score of 10-21.
The Pacific community additionally honored Judy Sherman at halftime during Saturday’s home opener, recognizing her for over 50 years of service and dedication to the Athletic Department and Boxer Softball.


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