Whitworth Will Host Puget Sound on Saturday
Whitworth returns to the Pine Bowl for only the third home football game of the season in 2012. The Pirates will host Puget Sound on Saturday in a Northwest Conference contest. The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. and be seen live in Eastern Washington and North Idaho on local cable channel SWX and heard live in Spokane on KSBN 1230am and on the internet on KSBN.net.
Whitworth (5-2 overall, 1-2 NWC) suffered a 54-14 loss at Linfield last weekend. Puget Sound (0-5, 0-2) is coming off of its second bye week of the season.
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Whitworth (5-2, 1-2 NWC)
Puget Sound (0-4, 0-2 NWC)
Saturday - Oct. 20
The Pirates: Little went right for Whitworth in the 54-14 loss at Linfield on Saturday, especially over the first three quarters. While the final stats showed the Wildcats outgaining the Pirates 585-225 and holding a 30-13 edge in first downs, the disparity was even greater over the first three periods when Linfield built a 54-0 lead while throwing seven touchdown passes. Whitworth added two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the game.
DJ Tripoli ran for 67 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries as the Pirates finished with a net of 83 yards rushing. Bryan Peterson completed 9 of 21 passes for 88 yards with one interception. Michael McCune came on in the fourth quarter and completed 4 of 5 passes for 54 yards and his fourth TD of the season. Jake DeGooyer again led the receiving corps with six catches for 69 yards. Austin Ehlo had two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Kainoa Raguindin led the Whitworth defense with a career-high 15 tackles while forcing a fumble that was recovered by Kyle Davidson. Scott Carr added 11 stops. Jarrell Norman and Christian Doucett each had a sack in the game. The Pirates suffered another season-ending blow to their defense when Paul Miller left the game with a knee injury. He is the seventh Whitworth defender to be lost to injury this season.
Ehlo punted nine times and averaged 37.6 yards per kick.
Prime Time Ronnie: Ronnie Thomas is having another outstanding season running the ball for the Pirates. He leads the NWC, and ranks among NCAA Division III leaders, in yards rushing per game (111.1) and continues to lead the conference in rushing touchdowns (8). His streak of seven consecutive games with more than 100 yards rushing, dating back to the final two games of 2011, came to an end two weeks ago against Willamette.
Perhaps his most impressive statistic is this one – in seven games and over the course of 185 carries, Thomas has not fumbled.
Last season Thomas led the NWC in rushing and rushing touchdowns, earning First Team All-Northwest Conference honors.
Big Jake: Wide receiver Jake DeGooyer continues to come up big for the Pirates this season. He leads the NWC with 53 pass receptions and in receiving yards (786) and is third in receiving yards per game (112.3). His seven touchdown receptions also rank third in the conference.
Great Start: Only three times in school history had Whitworth begun a season with three consecutive road games. The Pirates have now won all three of those games twice, this year and in 1955 when Whitworth went 9-0 in the midst of a 20-game winning streak.
Seriously?: Whitworth's schedule-maker didn't do the Pirates any favors in 2012. The Pirates will have to face a well-rested opponent seven times this fall. All three of the Pirates' first opponents were playing their first game of the season. The rest of the way Whitworth faces an opponent coming off of a bye four times: Sept. 22 against Chapman, Oct. 13 at Linfield, Oct. 20 against Puget Sound and Nov. 10 against Lewis & Clark.
Out for the season: Following Saturday's loss at Linfield the list of players lost to season-ending injuries continues to lengthen. Paul Miller (knee) was added to the list of seven injured on defense which already included FS Fernando Noriega (broken ankle), LB Ryan Loutsis (knee), LB Tevin Tyus (broken ankle) and safety Sean McNealey (knee) who are all out for the year. LB Grant Livingston (knee) is still uncertain for the remainder of the schedule. On offense the Pirates saw OL Greg Vibbert (broken ankle) go out in the game at La Verne. PK Dominic Aliano is done for the year with a hip injury.
On the Air Again: Whitworth's games will once again be carried live this season on KSBN 1230am in Spokane. The relationship between Pirate athletics and KSBN goes back to 1994, a span of almost 20 years. Bob Castle, whose voice has become synonymous with Whitworth athletics on the radio, is back as the voice of the Pirates in 2012-13. Bob has called Whitworth games for the past 12 seasons, as well as in 1997-98. Bob has 20 years in radio and his experience as a sports broadcaster includes stints as the voice of Spokane Indians Baseball, Gonzaga University baseball and Washington State women's basketball.
Four SWX Broadcasts: Local cable station SWX will carry all of Whitworth's games this season: The home opener vs. Chapman (Sept. 22), the Hall of Fame/Homecoming game vs. Willamette (Oct. 6) and the Oct. 20th game against Puget Sound will all be shown live, while the regular season finale against Lewis & Clark (Nov. 10) will be shown on a delayed basis following an Eastern Washington game. Sam Adams and Mike Peterson will provide play by play and color analysis. SWX stands for Sports & Weather Right Now and is owned by local NBC affiliate KHQ channel 6. SWX can be seen both over-the-air and through some cable services in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene, Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, and Yakima viewership areas. In the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area, SWX is found on digital channel 6.2, on Comcast channel 115 in Spokane and Time Warner channel 306 in North Idaho. Click here for a complete list of station numbers throughout the Eastern Washington/North Idaho region.
Team Captains: The Pirate team captains in 2012 are offensive lineman Liam Brown, running back Ronnie Thomas and linebacker Scott Carr. Brown and Thomas are first time captains, while Carr served in that role last season.
Looking Back at 2011: Whitworth finished 4-6 after starting the season 1-5. Of the five losses in the first six games, two came on field goals on the last play of the game. Two were by a single touchdown. Then the young team found itself and won three of its final four contests – including a double-overtime victory at Willamette. The lone loss in that final stretch was 42-38 against highly-ranked Linfield. Ronnie Thomas (running back) and Austin Ehlo (punter) were named First Team All-NWC.
NWC Poll: Whitworth finished third in the NWC preseason coaches poll with 26 points, three points behind second place Pacific Lutheran. Whitworth got one first place vote, while defending champion Linfield finished first in the poll with the other six first place votes. Link to NWC Football Coaches Poll.
Racking Up the Miles: Whitworth opened the season with three long road trips in 2012. The Pirates flew more than 6,250 miles over the course of the first three weeks of the season following trips to Minnesota and California (twice) .
Vs. California: The Pirates have won 27 of the last 36 against schools from the Golden State and are 30-17-1 all-time against Californian colleges. The Bucs are 14-5-1 at home against California schools and 16-12 on the road. Whitworth played three this season and earned victories over Whittier (away), La Verne (away) and Chapman (home).
The Head Coach: John Tully is in his 18th season as head coach of the Pirates with a 94-76 record at Whitworth. He has led the Pirates to an 81-42 record over the past 12+ years and has been named the NWC Coach of the Year three times (2001, 2006 and 2007). Tully is the winningest coach in school history, as well as the longest serving Pirate football coach. Prior to his arrival, Whitworth had suffered through 11 losing seasons in 12 years. Overall he is 124-97 in his 22nd season as a head coach. He previously was head coach at Eureka College in Illinois.
|Last Week's Game:||at Linfield 54, Whitworth 14||Box Score||Wrap up|
|This Week's Game:||Oct. 20 vs. Puget Sound||1:00 pm||Whitworth Pine Bowl|
|Next Game:||Nov. 3 at Pacific Lutheran||12:30 pm||Puyallup, Wash.|
The Loggers: Puget Sound comes into the weekend rested and hungry for its first win of the 2012 season. The Loggers last game was a 62-21 setback to Pacific (Ore.) at home on October 6th. UPS is looking to end a 15-game losing streak that dates back to the end of the 2010 season.
As a team UPS has averaged 335.2 yards per game passing. Sophomore QB Braden Foley has taken most of the snaps and has completed 54.8% of his passes for 1,334 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He did not play in the game against Pacific but is expected back this week. Senior James Korn has completed 53.8% of his passes for 303 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Their primary target is prolific senior wide receiver Adam Kniffen, who has 44 receptions for 731 yards and ten touchdowns. Sophomore RB Kapuno Park has run for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Max Mirande leads the defense with 38 tackles, including three for losses of ten yards. Sophomore DB Connor Savage has two interceptions.
In their last game out the Loggers got behind early against Pacific and could not catch up in a 62-21 loss to the Boxers at home. Korn, playing in place of Foley, completed 32 of 57 passes for 285 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Kniffen caught 12 passes for 103 yards and two scores. Austin Wagner was the leading rusher with 28 yards on eight carries. Joe Cerne led the defense with 11 tackles while Frank Muzio was in on ten stops.
Jeff Thomas is in his third season as head coach at Puget Sound. He previously was an assistant at Redlands (Calif.) where he served separate terms as both the offensive and defensive coordinator. He was the 2009 AFCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year.
Last Meeting: Ronnie Thomas ran for two touchdowns in the final six minutes to lead visiting Whitworth to a come-from-behind 40-34 win at Puget Sound in the Northwest Conference football finale for both schools at Baker Stadium. Thomas finished with 153 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns to lift the Pirates to a 4-6 final overall record (3-3 NWC). Whitworth won three of its last four games following a 1-5 start, and the only loss was by four points to fifth-ranked Linfield.
Whitworth outgained UPS 376-348 and had a 24-18 edge in first downs. The Pirates ran for 203 yards, and five touchdowns with Thomas doing most of the damage on the ground. Bryan Peterson completed 17 of 28 passes for 173 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jake DeGooyer caught nine passes for 95 yards. Foley completed 25 of 38 passes for 244 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for UPS. Kniffen caught 13 passes for 120 yards and two scores while Park ran for 70 yards on 17 attempts
The Series: Puget Sound is Whitworth's oldest and longest running rival. Whitworth's first official collegiate game was a 6-0 victory over the College of Puget Sound in 1904 (when Whitworth was located in Tacoma, Washington). The teams have played each other 62 times since then. The Pirates hold a 37-25-1 edge in the series with the Loggers and Whitworth has won the last 16 meetings. The biggest Pirate win in the series was 45-0 in 1908. The biggest Logger win (41-0) came in 1967. Puget Sound last defeated Whitworth in 1995, John Tully's first year as head coach, by a score of 48-35 in Tacoma. The last time the teams played in the Pine Bowl Whitworth came away with a 63-35 win in 2010.