Logger football aims to finish 2019 season with its seventh win

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – A seven-win season is within the Puget Sound football team's grasp when it plays at Lewis & Clark Saturday, Nov. 16, for the 2019 season finale. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound at Lewis & Clark 

 WHERE 

 Portland, Ore. 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Nov. 16 | 1 p.m. 

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Battling for second place

Puget Sound enters the weekend in a four-way tie for second place in the NWC. The Loggers, Whitworth, George Fox, and Pacific are all 4-2 in the NWC. Linfield (6-0 NWC) locked up the conference title with an overtime win against Whitworth last week.

 

Lucky seven?

Puget Sound is in its 41st year as a Northwest Conference member. Through the previous 40 years with the NWC, Puget Sound has two seasons with at least seven overall wins. The 2006 team went 7-3, and the 1932 squad finished 7-1-1. The 1981 team holds the school standard for most wins in a season (10-2).

 

Perfect at Baker

The Loggers celebrated Senior Day in a big way last week (Nov. 9). Puget Sound toppled Willamette, 56-14, to clinch the program's first undefeated season in Baker Stadium since 1986. The 2019 Loggers finished their home slate with a 6-0 record.

 

What can't he do?

Collin Heimbach was named the Logger of the Week following his remarkable two-way game against Willamette. The senior wide receiver totaled four touchdowns and 152 yards on six receptions. He also played cornerback and came up with two interceptions. His nine touchdown receptions this season rank third in the NWC, as do his 709 receiving yards.

 

Varela's vigor

Puget Sound running back Duncan Varela enters the weekend averaging 5.5 yards per carry, which ranks second among all NWC players. He has been exceptionally dominant in the past three weeks, totaling 312 yards for an average of 6.0 yards per carry.

 

Elite company

All-American AJ Johnson leads the NWC with 110.7 receiving yards per game, and Jewell Day ranks second with 104.4. Only two other NCAA D-III teams have two players averaging more 100 receiving yards per game: Gustavus Adolphus and Ithaca.

 

Don't pick on him

After missing several games due to injury, All-NWC cornerback Jason Clayton returned against Willamette and intercepted two passes. He is tied for the NWC lead for interceptions with four.

 

Bombs away

One week after throwing for a career-high 581 yards at Pacific (Nov. 2), Murdock Rutledge set a new personal standard by throwing six touchdown passes against Willamette (Nov. 9). He also added a rushing touchdown against the Bearcats. In his last 256 pass attempts, Rutledge has thrown for 20 touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (3-5, 2-4 NWC)

The Pioneers' to conference wins this fall are against Willamette and Pacific Lutheran. Lewis & Clark has losses to George Fox and Linfield in its two most recent games. Michael Abraham has the second-most rushing touchdowns in the NWC (9). On the defensive side, Cameron Chang ranks second in the NWC with 5.5 sacks. Lewis & Clark's 8.9 penalties per game is the second-highest mark in the NWC, as the Pioneers narrowly trail Whitworth's 9.0 penalties per game.