Pacific Boxers Run Past Pacific Lutheran Lutes 34-7
The Pacific University Boxers attained one goal early in the game. The Pacific Boxers scored on their first two possessions and led the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 14-0 early on their way to a 34-7 victory. In their first three games of the season, the Boxers started slow and were behind quickly in each contest as a restult. Pacific managed comeback wins against the College of Idaho Yotes and the Occidental Tigers of Los Angeles but lost to the University of Dubuque Spartans.
This weekend brought added emphasis to get the show started on time. It was homecoming week with alumni coming from all over. This week also began league competition. No one in the home crowd was disappointed.
The Lutes won the game toss and elected to receive. Three plays and a punt later, the Boxers started from their own 24-yard-line. Quarterback Warner Shaw threw to Nathan Suyematsu for 16-yards and a first down. Jason Smith caught a 39-yard pass putting the Boxers on the Pacific Lutheran 15-yard-line. Warner Shaw took it to the four yard line on a keeper. Bronson Barretto pounded it to the one-yard-line on two rushes setting up the scoring honors for Greg Alip, who crossed the goal line on the next play. Alex Beekman kicked the PAT and the Boxers were off to a lead they would not relinguish.
The Boxers would score again and often. Pacific managed another touchdown before the first quarter was done. Kamana Pimental rushed twice for 11-yards and a first down. Warner Shaw completed two passes, Jason Smith for nine-yards and James Berry for 16-yards. From their own 46, Shaw launched another pass to Jason Smith for 54-yards and a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Boxers up 14-0.
Alex Beekman scored twice on field goals in the second quarter. The first was from the 27 and the second was from the 42 as time ran out on the first half, sending the Boxers to the locker room up 20-0.
The only score in the third was from Pacific on their first possession of the second half. Warner Shaw completed two passes to Nathan Suyematsu of 11-yards each for first downs crossing midfield to the Lutes 48. Jason Smith caught a six-yard pass for a first down at the Lutes 38. Bronson Barretto broke away for two consecutive rushes of 12-yards apiece down to the the Lutes’ 10. Jason Smith caught his second touchdown pass from Warner Shaw that put the Boxers up, 27-0 and little doubt was left.
The Boxer’s final score came on their first possession of the fourth quarter. Nathan Suyematsu caught a nine-yard pass from Warner Shaw for a first down on their own 30-yard-line. Nathan followed that up with a 43-yard reception to the Lutes 25. James Berry capped off the scoring with a 25-yard reception.
The Lute’s managed to get on the scoreboard with six and a half minutes left in the game. Quarterback Jon Schaub threw to Darin Hardgrove for 11-yards and a first down. On fourth and two, Kyle Madsen punched it for three-yards and another first down to midfield. Jon Schaub completed two passes (Juston Lind and Ben Welch) for a first down at the Boxer’s 39. Another Ben Welch reception and a Marc Gallant rush took them to the Boxer 26. Ben Welch’s reception took it to the 16 and the Lutes could smell the end zone. Justyn Simons caught the ball at the eight-yard-line and Marc Gallant punched it through for the final score, 34-7.
Warner Shaw shined for the Boxers completing 25 of 32 attempts for 353-yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions. Jon Schaub completed 19 of 32 for 181-yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Bronso Barretto led the Boxers with 47-yards rushing. Greg Alip scored a rushing touchdown. Anthony Louthan led the Lutes with 45-yards rushing. Marc Gallant scored a touchdown. Jason Smith of the Boxers led all receivers with 157-yards and two touchdowns. Ben Welch of the Lutes tied Jason with ten receptions. The Boxers Trey Kodama and Lute Kyle Bennett led the game with nine tackles apiece. Trey also had a game high two sacks. Boxer Ryan Sinkking had the game’s only interception.
The Pacific Boxers start league play up 1-0 (3-1) while the Pacific Lutheran Lutes (0-1, 0-3) are still looking for their first win.