Putting their preseason losses behind them, Head Coach Keith Buckley is still confident the football team is headed in the right direction.
“We have clearly showed progress and we are on the right track to get wins this year. We just need to learn how to finish games,” said Buckley. He also mentioned most of his returners have come back to the program bigger, faster and stronger, which has added a lot of big strides to the team as a whole.
The Boxers took on the Oaks of Menlo College from Atherton, Calif. last Saturday, Sept. 9 for the only night game of the season.
Being the favored team to win, the Boxers made a promising start with a 16-0 lead by the start of the second quarter. Sophomore Jordan Fukumoto caught a 25-yard pass from quarterback T.C. Campbell, late in the first quarter to put the Boxers up 7-0.
The start of the second quarter, the Boxers rushed the Oaks where they got a safety to put them up 9-0 and shortly after sophomore Kelson Kawai caught a 34-yard pass from Campbell to give the Boxers an astonishing lead of 16-0 in the second quarter. The Oaks quickly scrambled before halftime came and made one touchdown to close the half at 16-7.
Campbell threw for another impressive game with 18 of 24 completed passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Fukumoto led the Boxers in receiving with seven catches for 96 yards and a one touchdown. Freshman Blake Anthony had four catches for 80 yards and Kawai had three catches for 70 yards.
In the end the Boxers fell to the Oaks with a hard loss of 23-16. “Everyone wants to see a victory so badly,” said Buckley. “But it is back to focus on the play-by-play as they come and doing the best we can on each play. The outcome needs to become secondary.”