Game Preview: Pioneers journey on the NWC road for first time this season

Game Preview: Pioneers journey on the NWC road for first time this season

Traveling for the first time in Northwest Conference play, Lewis & Clark heads to Newberg, Ore. to face George Fox on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Live stats | Video

George Fox has allowed a league-worst 501.3 yards per game defensively, while the Pioneers rank sixth in the conference (415.7). Lewis & Clark is third-best in the NWC in pass yards allowed per game (210.7), with the Bruins allowing 313 yards per contest. 

George Fox is fourth in the conference in points per game offensively at 30.3. Lewis & Clark will look to disrupt quarterback Grant Schroeder and running back John Shaffer, both of whom rank in the top 5 conference-wide in yards per game passing and rushing, respectively. 

Lewis & Clark is the most-disciplined team in the Northwest Conference, ranking first in fewest penalties and second in yards. Pioneers sophomore Remington Campbell is eighth in the nation in fumbles recovered (2), which is tops in the conference. Senior defensive back Josh Cena is second in the conference in passes defended and third in interceptions. Senior defensive lineman Alex Fitch is tied for fifth in the conference with two sacks this season.

Last week: Lewis & Clark forced a turnover on No. 3 Linfield's first series and held the Wildcats to 10 points in the opening quarter before falling 73-0 at Griswold Stadium. George Fox allowed 30 unanswered points at Whitworth to lose to the Pirates 37-14 in both teams' conference opener. 

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Coaches

Lewis & Clark: The Pioneers are coached by national championship-winning head coach Jay Locey who is in his first season with Lewis & Clark. Considered one of the most successful coaches in small college football, Locey has been named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year five times, earning an 84-18 overall record with the Linfield Wildcats. Under Locey, the Wildcats won the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championship and made the Division III playoffs six times.

George Fox: Chris Casey, who took over a struggling football program at Aloha (Ore.) High School and turned it into a state champion, began his duties as the head coach of the newly revived football program at George Fox University in 2014, marking a return of the sport to the school after a 45-year hiatus.

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Series: Lewis & Clark and George Fox are tied 1-1 all-time with George Fox winning last year's game in Newberg 30-12. The Pioneers outgained George Fox 374-168 in total yardage, but the Bruins capitalized on a plus-5 turnover margin.

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Social Media: Follow the game through Lewis & Clark's social media channels using the hashtag #LCVSGFU