After three straight years of finishing middle of the pack at conference, and after a projected fourth place finish to this year’s season, the 2018-19 Boxer Football program is set on proving the doubters wrong. And breaking out to become a perennial powerhouse in the Northwest Conference is their ultimate goal.
After playing three non-conference games this season, going 1-2, one questions still remains, how will the Boxers protect their quarterback?
Senior quarterback J.T. Greenough has already been sacked a total of 17 times this season, for a total of negative 90 yards.
The pressure Greenough has faced has resulted in him only contributing two touchdowns over the course of the first three games.
With a good combination of veteran leadership and young energy in the receiving core, protecting Greenough could be the answer and key to finally jumpstarting the Boxer offense.
The first conference matchup this year will be a home game against George Fox University.
The Bruins come into this game with a 2-1 record and will test the Boxer defense, as they have thus far averaged 29 points a game. In their last game against Pomona College, the Bruins plastered the scoreboard with 40 points, while holding their opponent at only six points.
Along with their powerhouse offense, the Bruins have shown a decent pass-rush game, accumulating seven sacks on the season.
The Boxers may be the underdog in this upcoming matchup, but a win could give them the momentum they need to finish strong in the Northwest Conference this year.
Other games in the first week of conference play include Linfield College at Whitworth University, where the projected first and second place teams will collide. The winner of this hotly contested matchup could decide who takes first place in the conference. Linfield has a record of 1-1 and has averaged 13.5 points a game on the season, while Whitworth is 2-0, averaging 34.5 points a game.
These two matchups, George Fox at Pacific and Linfield at Whitworth, could be the biggest weekend of the season as the top four projected teams face off with only one goal in mind. To take home the Northwest Conference Title.