Wood scores twice in 35-27 loss at Pacific

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

FOREST GROVE, OregonVance Wood scored twice and Dustin Harrison led all players with 129 receiving yards, but the Puget Sound football team lost at Pacific, 35-27, Saturday afternoon.

Wood's first rushing touchdown of the game gave the Loggers (2-3, 1-2 NWC) a 7-0 lead with two and a half minutes left in the first quarter. However, Pacific (2-2, 2-1 NWC) answered back right away and evened the score by the end of the opening quarter.

Boxer quarterback JT Greenough connected with  Kevin McGee for a 31-yard touchdown pass that gave Pacific a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Undeterred, the Loggers scored consecutive touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead into halftime.

The game-tying touchdown was made possible by pass interference call against Pacific. Tanner Diebold's pass to Harrison on fourth-and-one from the Boxers' 40-yard line fell incomplete, but Pacific was flagged for the penalty. On the very next play, Diebold hit Harrison for a 29-yard completion, and Wood punched in his second touchdown from two yards out. Wood finished the game with 67 yards on 12 carries.

Pacific's next possession lasted only three plays thanks to Jason Clayton's interception that was brought back to the Boxers' 29-yard line. Duncan Varela carried the ball twice for 10 yards total, and then Diebold hit Collin Heimbach for the go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown with 7:24 left in the first half.

The Boxers opened the second half with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Diebold's 50-yard completion to Harrison early in the fourth quarter set up the Loggers' only score in the second half. Andrew Dunn powered in a one-yard carry for his first touchdown of the season.

The Logger defense had three takeaways against Pacific. In addition to Clayton's interception, both Matt Ahnin and Zackary Teats recovered a fumble. Braden Ash continued his onslaught against opposing offensive lineman and recorded his fifth sack of the season.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Puget Sound, as the Loggers travel to Whitworth for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Pirates. Whitworth was ranked in the D3football.com Top-25 Poll all season before dropping out last week.



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