Sports & Outdoors

Logger football buried early, loses fifth straight

The Puget Sound football team took to the field this weekend against the Pacific Boxers at Baker Stadium. It was a toughly fought game in the beginning, but the Boxers eventually took full control of the game in the third quarter and  carried the game with a 62-21 win over the Loggers.

The Loggers fumbled the opening kick, allowing the Boxers to take the ball all the way to midfield. The Boxers scored 10 points early in the first quarter, taking the lead.

The Logger offense made a strong effort to catch up, but turned the ball over on downs. The Loggers finally had their moment when sophomore Kevin Miller (Seattle, Wash.) took the Boxer punt back 62 yards to the Boxers’ 26.

On the next play, senior quarterback James Korn (Bothell, Wash.), starting in place of sophmore Braden Foley (Bothell, Wash.) found senior Ryan Rogers (Tacoma, Wash.) for a touchdown on the play-action pass. After this play, the Loggers were slowly catching up to the Boxers 10-7 after the extra point.

However, this moment was short-lived for the Loggers after the Boxers scored three more times from an interception and drives bringing the score 31-7 with the Boxers leading.

The Boxers scored in each quarter and kept the Loggers completely scoreless in the second and third quarters. By the end of the third quarter the score was 48-7.

The Loggers kept fighting until the very end of the game, despite the score gap. Korn found senior Adam Kniffin (Salem, Ore.) for two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. This brought Kniffin’s season total of touchdown catches to 10. Even though the Loggers improved in the final quarter, it still was not enough and the Boxers beat the Loggers 62-21.

“The outcome of this game was very frustrating for us. We got into a big hole early and couldn’t bounce back from it. I felt like we played hard for the most part but just didn’t execute how we know we have the potential to in all three phases of the game,” Korn said.

Along with his touchdowns, Kniffin had a 100-plus yard receiving game with 12 catches for 103 yards. Korn dished out three touchdowns and passed 285 yards. Junior Joe Cerne (Enumclaw, Wash.) had a career high of 11 tackles this game.

“As far as the next game, we have a bye this week, which will give us a chance to get a lot of our injured players healthy and also allow us two full weeks of preparation for our next opponent, Whitworth. I know that players and coaches will both put in a lot work for this game as we are hungrier than ever for our first victory of the season,” Korn said.

The Loggers will play their next game against Whitworth on Oct. 20.