The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens football team (2-1, 0-0 SCIAC) suffered their first loss of the season in crushing fashion Sept. 16, falling 40-6 to the George Fox Bruins.
The Sagehens started the season with wins over Lewis-Clark Valley (ID) and Lewis & Clark (OR), and they hoped to carry that momentum into Saturday’s game against George Fox.
However, with a pick-six on the first Sagehen offensive possession, it was soon apparent that the game ahead would not be like the team’s first two. Bruin quarterback Jaden Sheffey then ran for 40- and 65-yard touchdowns, and P-P was quickly in a deep hole.
It didn’t help that in addition to the slow start defensively, the Hens suffered four early turnovers that would account for 100 yards of Bruins’ offense.
Going into the second half, momentum truly seemed in favor of the Bruins, and it showed as their defense held the Hens scoreless for the rest of the game. To supplement that strong defensive effort, the George Fox offense put up three more touchdowns to finish off the game.
Despite the tough loss, the Sagehens will look toward a bye week for some fine-tuning before opening up conference play against SCIAC foe Redlands.
Although the Hens did not fair well against George Fox, they have a chance at redemption against the Bulldogs, who also played against the Bruins and came away with a 20-12 victory.