Whitworth scores early and often in dominant home win over UPS

Bucs jump out to 49-0 halftime lead over Loggers Coming off two difficult losses the last two weeks, it was Whitworth football’s turn to clobber on Saturday.  The Bucs got off to a quick lead and did not look back, beating the Loggers of Puget Sound 70-11 — the largest margin of victory in the series, which dates back to 1904.

“It’s fun as a coach when you are around guys and see how hard they work and then get to see the fruits of their labor,” head coach John Tully said. “That was today.”

With less than seven minutes to go in the first quarter, Whitworth starting quarterback, sophomore Bryan Peterson, completed a pass to junior wide receiver Connor Williams in the end zone. After a botched snap on the point-after hold, junior wide receiver Kekoa Turbeville tossed up a prayer to the end zone, which was snatched by freshman defensive end Danny Welstad to complete the two-point conversion and give the Bucs an early 8-0 lead.

Just seconds later, senior linebacker and team captain Scott Carr picked off a UPS pass and ran it back for another Pirate touchdown.  A few minutes later, Peterson found the end zone again when he connected with senior wide receiver Jake DeGooyer. The Bucs led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The momentum did not die in the second quarter. Senior running back and team captain Ronnie Thomas had back-to-back touchdown runs. Then, Peterson racked up his third and fourth touchdown passes of the day when he hit junior tight end Wade Meyer and then sophomore wide receiver Austin Ehlo.

At the half, Whitworth led 49-0.

“Honestly, [Saturday] was about as good as we can play,” Peterson said. “We need consistency. We know we can play like this.” In the second half, sophomore quarterback Michael McCune came in for the Bucs. On fourth down of the opening possession, he found Williams downfield resulting in another seven on the board. UPS finally got on the board with a touchdown about midway through the third quarter.

To start the fourth quarter, McCune hit junior fullback Alfonso Miranda who ran into the end zone to make the score 63-8.

Just as UPS looked to score again, linebacker Sam Schoesler came up with an interception, which he ran back 87 yards for the final Whitworth touchdown of the game. The last time Whitworth had 70 points in a game was in 2006 in a homecoming game against Lewis & Clark at the Pine Bowl. Whitworth won that game, 70-3.

UPS got another field goal with two and a half minutes left in the game to make the final score 70-11.

“I’m really, really happy for our guys,” Tully said. “They’re just an enjoyable group to coach and to be around. They have fun.”

Peterson, who only played the first half, went 11 for 13 on the day, passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

“I thought individually things went really well,” Peterson said with a smile. “All the guys played great. This was the biggest blowout I’ve ever been a part of.”

Thomas, who also only predominantly played the first half, led the Bucs with 122 yards rushing and continues to lead the Northwest Conference in rushing yards per game and total touchdowns on the season. Defensively, freshman defensive back Jesse Bresser led Whitworth with six tackles and Welstad added four. The secondary combined for five interceptions on the day with Schoesler’s, two from Carr, one from sophomore defensive back Kainoa Raguindin, and one from sophomore defensive back De’ Hall.

Carr emphasized the team effort on the day.

“Anything I did [well] was because of the guys in front of me, behind me and the coaches on the sidelines,” Carr said.

Whitworth (6-2, 2-2 NWC) has a bye next week, but will travel to take on the Lutes of Pacific Lutheran University (4-2, 3-1 NWC) Nov. 3.

“It was just one of those days where everything was working,” Peterson said of Saturday. “It was almost flawless and nice to bounce back after two tough losses. It give us confidence going into our bye.”

Sena Hughes Staff Writer

Contact Sena Hughes at shughes15@my.whitworth.edu

Wildcats cruise in victory over Pirates

Linfield solidifies national ranking with dominating win against Whitworth The Whitworth football team took a tough beating last Saturday from the Wildcats of Linfield College, who are currently ranked number three in NCAA Division III, 54-14.

“Linfield is a very good football team,” Whitworth head coach John Tully said. “[They are] very deserving of being ranked 3rd nationally. They played a good game and we didn’t play a good game and this was the result.”

It was a rough day for the Bucs, (5-2, 1-2 Northwest Conference) who did not manage to get on the board until more than halfway through the fourth quarter.

“We just came out flat and they just were more explosive than us to be honest,” senior wide receiver Jake DeGooyer said. “We got down in the first half and never recovered from that.”

Sophomore defensive back Kainoa Raguindin forced a fumble early on, which gave the Pirates’ possession, but sophomore quarterback Bryan Peterson threw an interception on the next play to give Linfield prime field position.

The Wildcats managed to find the end zone twice at the end of the first quarter and then again at the beginning of the second, to produce three touchdowns in under seven minutes. The Linfield defense was relentless as well, holding Whitworth to only 32 yards of offense in the first half. Linfield led 28-0 at the half.

The Wildcats continued to roll in the third quarter. Finally in the fourth Peterson connected with sophomore wide receiver Austin Ehlo in the end zone for a Pirate touchdown to avoid a shutout. Several minutes later junior running back DJ Tripoli ran 20 yards for another Whitworth touchdown. Tripoli led the Bucs in rushing on the day with 67 yards.

The Pirates’ injury streak continued in the second half when sophomore defensive back Paul Miller went down with a knee injury.

“We’re down a lot of starters on defense,” Raguindin said. “Younger guys and the next people in line have to step up.”

Raguindin had a career-high game with 15 tackles. DeGooyer led the Bucs with 69 receiving yards.

“I don’t think you want to read too much into getting beat,” Tully said. “Unfortunately we lost two games in a row to two very good football teams. The thing we do right now is look at the things we can improve on and things we can do better to come out on top on the scoreboard.”

The Pirates come home to the Pine Bowl this weekend to take on the Loggers of Puget Sound (0-5, 0-2 NWC).

Tully specifically mentioned the influence of fan and student support for the Bucs.

“I’m looking forward to playing at the Pine Bowl with our students at the game,” Tully said. “They’ve been so supportive and we need that. They do make a difference. When they’re way into it our players feed off of that.”

Sena Hughes Staff Writer

Contact Sena Hughes at shughes15@my.whitworth.edu.

Bearcats best Pirates at the Pine Bowl

Willamette offense prevails in match-up of Northwest Conference unbeatens The Whitworth football team’s 5-game winning streak was snapped Saturday, after losing to a tough Willamette University team in the Pirates’ homecoming game, 38-24. After a competitive first half, the dominant Bearcat offense rolled during the second half to take down the Bucs in front of their home crowd.

“The first half went well both offensively and defensively,” Whitworth head coach John Tully said. “I was very pleased with the effort. Second half, we just didn’t play [as well as we can]. They’re a good team, but we’re a good team. They just made plays when we didn’t.”

Whitworth was first on the board early in the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal by freshman kicker Robert Thullen. Willamette answered quickly the next drive. Ten plays and less than three minutes later, the Bearcats found the end zone for the first time of the afternoon.

Before the end of the first quarter, Whitworth sophomore quarterback Bryan Peterson connected with senior wide receiver Jake DeGooyer in the end zone to put seven more points on the board for the Bucs.

The scoring did not slow in the second quarter.  After a holding penalty on the Bearcats, which put them in a first-and-20 situation, Willamette found open grass behind Whitworth’s secondary to complete a 59-yard touchdown pass and again take the lead. A few minutes later, sophomore defensive back De’ Hall picked off a Willamette pass, which gave Whitworth possession on its own 28-yard line and set the Bucs up for a 10-play scoring drive. Peterson himself carried the ball across the goal line with just over four minutes to go in the half.  At halftime, the Pirates led 17-14.

“Obviously, we had a great first half,” said senior team captain and running back Ronnie Thomas. “The offensive line did well. They got great push and gave Bryan time to throw.”

The Bucs got off to a slow start in the second half and the quick, aggressive Willamette offense capitalized. Just four minutes into the third quarter, the Bearcats scored another touchdown, regaining the lead, which they would hold for the rest of the game.

With two minutes to go in the quarter, Whitworth had a huge goal line stand on fourth and goal to keep the score close, but the Bucs couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity and quickly went three-and-out. Whitworth only had two first downs in the third quarter.

“The second half we just didn’t do the little things well,” Tully said.

Following another Whitworth three-and-out, it took Willamette less than two minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter to get in the end zone and increase its lead, 28-17.  Five minutes later, the Bearcats added a field goal, advancing their lead to 31-17 and putting the Bucs in a hole of which they would be unable to dig their way out.

Peterson threw a critical interception with just under five minutes remaining to make the situation bleaker for the Bucs.

Thanks to a Willamette three-and-out, and with a sense of urgency, Peterson led the Pirates down the field in 13 plays and hit sophomore wide receiver Austin Ehlo in the end zone to cut the lead to a touchdown with 1:47 to play in the game.

After an unsuccessful onside kick, Willamette moved up the field in a minute to once again cross the goal line. The Bearcats offense was a machine on the day, accumulating nearly 600 yards of total offense.

Whitworth received the ball back with less than a minute in the game and was unable to score.

“We have to play a full game,” Thomas said. “Period.”

Thomas led the Bucs rushing on the day with 85 yards. He is averaging 126.3 yards per game — second in the Northwest Conference — and leads Whitworth on the season with nearly 800 yards rushing.

DeGooyer had 10 receptions on the day for 104 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought I played well,” DeGooyer said. “But we play as a team. We win as a team. We lose as a team.”

The Bucs, (5-1, 1-1 NWC), head to McMinville, Ore., next week to take on an undefeated Linfield squad.

“We just [can’t] take this loss as a big hit,” DeGooyer said. “We just [have to] drop it and come out ready to play against Linfield.”

Tully is still pleased with the trajectory of the team.

“I’ve been very, very pleased with the guys’ work ethic,” Tully said. “[Saturday was] a tough loss but we got a lot of football left. I think when we get to Linfield our guys will be ready to play.”

Sena Hughes Staff Writer

Sports Recap October 3

Pirates pass first conference road test The Whitworth football team extended its still-perfect season for yet another week in a win against the Boxers of Pacific University on Saturday, 28-25. The Pirates advance to 5-0, already exceeding the total victories from last season. Sophomore quarterback Bryan Peterson had a standout performance, passing for a career-high 354 yards, including three touchdown passes. Senior wide receiver Jake DeGooyer led the Bucs with eight receptions and a touchdown on the day. Senior running back Ronnie Thomas was again an integral force for Whitworth, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Nic Brockhoff had eight tackles and sophomore defensive back Paul Miller had seven tackles to lead the Pirate defense. The Bucs are back at the Pine Bowl this Saturday for homecoming, taking on the 4-0 Willamette Bearcats.

Women’s cross country places ninth in Oregon

The women’s cross country squad came home with a ninth-place finish at the 38th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University on Saturday. This finish also gave the Bucs a third place finish out of six NWC teams in the event. Sophomore Christina Anderson (18:49.10) and junior Elisabeth Spencer (18:50.54) were the first Pirates to cross the line in the 5k race, coming in at 20th and 21st out of a field of more than 200 runners. Although the Bucs finished behind NWC rivals Willamette (6th) and Linfield (7th), they managed to come in ahead of Whitman (14th), George Fox (19th) and University of Puget Sound (20th). The Pirates have a weekend off, but will return to competition Oct. 13 at the Inland Northwest Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho.

Volleyball falters in NWC road matches

Whitworth traveled to Oregon to play the Lewis & Clark Pioneers and George Fox Bruins last Friday, falling to both teams in three sets. The Pirates kept the first set close against Lewis & Clark until midway through the game when the Pioneers took control and pulled away from a 10-10 tie, going on to win 25-16. Lewis & Clark kept the momentum during the second and third sets with  25-21 and 25-18 victories to earn the win. The Bucs faced George Fox on Saturday. GFU won the first set 25-18, but Whitworth came out strong in the second set and took an early lead. The Bruins came back from behind quickly and went on to win the second game 25-17. After five ties and one lead change in the third set the Bruins ended the match with a 25-20 set victory. Whitworth was led in the two games by junior outside hitter Jalana White with 18 digs and 23 kills, freshman outside hitter Nicole Leonard with 14 kills and 22 digs. Whitworth will take on Linfield and Pacific Oct. 4 and 5 at 7 pm in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Whitworthian Sports Staff

Spotted from the crow's nest: Bryan Peterson, football

A few years ago, Whitworth quarterback Bryan Peterson never pictured himself as a college football player. After a phenomenal athletic career in both football and baseball at West Valley High (Spokane), it was the latter sport that he chose to pursue. While driving home from a high school graduation rehearsal in 2008, Peterson received word that the Boston Red Sox had offered him a contract to play for them at the minor league level.

“At that point I had a baseball scholarship to play in college, but I was really excited to go to the pros,” Peterson said. “It had been my dream since I was young.”

Peterson spent the next three years as an outfielder for the Red Sox, playing in various states and countries at the AA level. In spring 2011, his gut began to tell him he would be released and he knew it was time to pursue an education. Football was not necessarily on his radar, but his passing arm was still there.

“Even the years I wasn’t playing football, I would play catch with [family and friends],” Peterson said. “I’d throw to them not really thinking I’d be playing college football.”

Peterson had a strong freshman season for the Bucs in 2011, stepping up as full-time quarterback midseason. He passed for over 1,400 yards over the season, completing 122 out of 193 passes, and earned all-Northwest Conference honorable mention.

Whitworth wide receiver Austin Ehlo credits Peterson as the reason he came to Whitworth. Ehlo and Peterson trained together before becoming Pirates and that friendship and bond has translated into dynamic chemistry on the field.

Peterson is not only a great player, but also a leader for the Bucs on and off the field.

“He’s a leader,” Ehlo said. “He’s the team leader and he’ll step up to the plate and take on whatever is in front of him. He’s always positive and he’s always happy. It doesn’t matter if we’re down. He just always has that ‘go get ‘em’ attitude.”

Peterson said it’s just his passion for the game of football and for life that inspires him.

“I want to be doing things that I enjoy doing,” Peterson said. “I’m going to attempt to be the best I can be just because I enjoy doing it.”

In the opening two games for the Bucs this season, Peterson completed 16 of 24 passes and threw for 239 yards, including two touchdowns passes.

Sena Hughes Staff Writer

Contact Sena Hughes at shughes15@my.whitworth.edu