The Whitworth Pirates and Redlands Bulldogs renew their interesting college football rivalry tonight at Ted Runner Stadium in Redlands, Calif.
The teams have met the last six years – Whitworth won the first three, Redlands the last three – and they’ll square off at least the next two seasons. Both teams compete annually for conference titles (Whitworth in the Northwest Conference, Redlands in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). The Bulldogs (1-0) held off Whitworth’s second-half comeback to win 29-24 at the Pine Bowl last season.
“They usually have very talented athletes and they’re well coached,” Pirates coach John Tully said. “They’re a big challenge.”
Redlands’ offense revolves around quarterback Dan Selway, and if that name looks familiar it should. He’ll be playing against the Pirates for the sixth time. He was awarded medical redshirt years after injuries cut short his ’08 and ’06 seasons. In both instances, Selway and the Bulldogs had already played Whitworth.
Selway has passed for 5,701 yards and 59 touchdowns in his career. He left last week’s win over East Texas Baptist with an unspecified injury in the second half.
The Pirates (1-1) picked off four passes and the offense rolled up four second-quarter touchdowns and 563 total yards in a 35-7 victory over Pomona-Pitzer last Saturday. Backup quarterback Andrew DeFelice passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
“They both played well in the game,” Tully said of DeFelice and starter Taylor Eglet. “I think Taylor got the first three series, then Andrew got the next three. Then we rotated two and two in the second half. Taylor will start, but Andrew will probably get equal reps.”
Senior defensive tackle Travis Niles, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, is expected to play.