Strong Start Gives Football the Win for Homecoming Game

by | Nov 3, 2017 | page 2, Sports

This Saturday, during Homecoming Weekend, the University of Redlands was bustling with fun events. Current students spent time with alumni and participated in school-wide activities throughout the day. Saturday was capped off in a grand fashion when the Bulldogs football team put on a show at Ted Runner Stadium, defeating the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 42-20

After Redlands forced a three-and-out on Pomona’s first drive of the game, the team did not waste any time marching into the endzone. Junior quarterback Levi Plante connected with freshman wideout Jacob Huff for a ten-yard touchdown pass, and the extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. The ball went back to the Sagehens, but the Redlands defense shut their offense down once again, and they were forced to punt. The Bulldogs then produced a wonderful drive, going 78 yards on 15 plays, resulting in a three-yard pass from Plante to senior Kyle Kabeary for another Maroon & Gray touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs earned a comfortable 14-0 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer tried their best to get back into the ballgame. Redlands marched up the field at the beginning of the second quarter, but was stopped in their tracks when the Sagehens intercepted the ball and ran it all the way into the endzone for a pick-six. The great defensive play cut the lead in half, but the energy on the Sagehens’ bench didn’t last for long.

 

The Bulldogs responded in an overwhelming manner. The next drive ended when Plante rushed the ball 43 yards for a touchdown, which made the score 21-7 and brought the lead back to fourteen. In what turned out to be a recurring feat, Plante added two more touchdown runs before the second half ended. Halftime could not come soon enough for the Sagehens, who found themselves down 35-7 going into their break.

University of Redlands Dance Company’s performance during half-time

Redlands eased off the throttle in the second half. There wasn’t much offense to go around in the third quarter, until Pomona-Pitzer scored a touchdown with just less than three minutes left. Their night was summed up perfectly when their extra-point attempt was blocked by the Bulldogs’ special teams. Plante secured his fourth rushing touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter bringing Redlands up 42-13. The Sagehens also added a touchdown of their own in the quarter, but didn’t come close to a comeback, faltering against the UoR 42-20.

 

Aside from a loss to a great Chapman team, the University of Redlands has been rolling through all their SCIAC opponents. A 17-point win against Claremont Mckenna Scripps (CMS) was their closest victory to date. The Bulldogs are in second place headed into the last week of action, and will be unable to catch Chapman in the standings. Redlands will take on Whittier this Saturday, Nov. 4 at Ted Runner Stadium for Senior Night.

 

all photos courtesy of Jo Kim, Redlands Bulldog photographer.

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