The University of Redlands football team kicked off the Jim Good era with a 24-14 victory against host George Fox University and now prepares for the visiting University of Puget Sound (0-1).
Good is the Bulldogs’ interim coach.
The Bulldogs’ home opener is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. The university urges fans to wear red, white, and blue and plans an evening that includes honoring police, fire and emergency personnel.
Redlands comes into the home opener unbeaten thanks to an unusually balanced offensive effort against George Fox. The Bulldogs gained 430 yards against Fox, 215 passing and 215 rushing.
Quarterback Nathan Martinez, the Yucaipa High graduate, completed 17-of-24 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Kai Thompson rushed for 154 yards and one TD.
“Nathan played well and so did Kai Thompson, Khoury Day, and Evan Aguon,” Good said.
Aguon was Martinez’s favorite receiver, catching five passes for 84 yards and a score. The touchdown was from 33 yards.
Martinez also had a TD pass to Palm Springs’ Ty Hershberger.
Good was tickled with the play of defensive coordinator Joey Mariani’s guys.
“The defense was outstanding,” Good said. “I think (George Fox) had less than 20 yards rushing.”
The Bulldog coaches lauded the play of linebacker Micheal McDonald, end Luke Purcella and defensive backs Jace Tessaro and Scott Tinsley.
As of early Sunday, Sept. 5, Good hadn’t watched film of Puget Sound (it lost 48-35 to Willamette) but has an idea of how the Bearcats play.
“They’re well-coached and they’ll dabble in the Wing-T and then go empty (backfield) and everything in between,” Good said.
There were no restrictions on who may attend the game at the outset of this week. The university urges fans to bring masks, due to the ongoing pandemic.
Wolverines rout COD
San Bernardino Valley College opened its season with a 50-8 victory against College of the Desert.
The Wolverines had 479 yards of offense including 327 through the air. Quarterbacks David Schmucker, Cooper Justice and Robert Eggelston combined for the passing yards and each threw a TD pass.
Schmucker’s 90-yard scoring toss to Jerrell Calhoun made it 14-0 en route to SBVC’s 30-2 halftime lead. Mekhi Lewis struck an early blow for the defense with a 22-yard interception return for a score.