Loggers commit eight turnovers in loss at Redlands

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

REDLANDS, California – One week after overcoming four turnovers, the Puget Sound football team suffered from numerous miscues during a 58-7 loss at Redlands Saturday night.

The Loggers (1-1) committed eight turnovers in the lopsided game against the Bulldogs (2-0). Puget Sound opened the season with four turnovers at home against Claremont-M-S (Sept. 7), but the Loggers won that game, 21-17.

The first two possessions of the Redlands game exemplified the theme of the night. Redlands took its game-opening drive to the end zone, while the Loggers' first possession ended with a fumble on their own 20-yard line. The first turnover led to another Redlands touchdown and a quick 14-0 lead.

That Bulldogs lead was cut in half late in the first quarter. Senior defensive back Jason Clayton recovered a Redlands fumble to give the Loggers possession on the Redland's 27-yard line.  Senior wide receiver AJ Johnson beat double coverage in the back of the end zone to haul in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Murdock Rutledge. However, that score stood as the Loggers' only points of the game.

The Loggers' offense averaged just 3.2 yards per play, while Redlands averaged 7.5.

Puget Sound aims to regroup back at home when it hosts La Verne Saturday, Sept. 21, for a 1 p.m. kickoff in Baker Stadium.