Redlands Bulldogs defense stifles Whitworth Pirates
Redlands dominated on defense and special teams and the end result was a 23-7 victory over the Whitworth Pirates in nonconference football play on Saturday in Redlands, Calif.
The Pirates (1-2) were held to 203 yards of total offense, including just 73 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs (2-0) led just 3-0 at halftime on a 37-yard field goal by Joe MacMillan with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Whitworth made it as far as the Redlands 23-yard line in the second quarter before losing the ball on downs.
The Pirates pinned Redlands on its own 2-yard line after Whitworth’s first possession in the third quarter.
But the Bulldogs ripped off a nine-play 98-yard drive to score the game’s first touchdown. The TD came on a 21-yard pass from Dan Selway to Even Reuter.
Redlands blocked a Whitworth punt on the Pirates’ next possession – taking over at the Whits’ 23. Three plays later Selway connected with Peter Tobiason from 3 yards out for a 17-0 advantage.
After a short Redlands punt, early in the fourth quarter the Pirates took over on their own 49-yard line and put together their best offensive series of the game.
Taylor Eglet capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to John Ingman to pull Whitworth within 17-7. It was Ingman’s first collegiate touchdown.
The Pirates’ special teams let them down on the ensuing kickoff – allowing the Bulldogs to run the ball down to the Whitworth 27-yard line.
Four plays later Selway hit David Metcalf from 8 yards out to cap the scoring for both teams at 9:41 in the final period.
Whitworth’s final two drives ended in turnovers.
Eglet completed 11 of 15 passes for 90 yards and a TD. Backup Andrew DeFelice was 6 of 14 for 40 yards with an interception. Adam Anderson finished with 59 yards rushing for Whitworth and also had a team-high seven catches for 51 yards.
Selway completed 23 of 35 passes for 214 yards and three TDs. Reuter caught six passes for 97 yards. Daylan Swedlow carried 20 times for 101 yards.
Layton Brown led the Pirates defense with 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Derek Stottlemyer added 10 tackles.
Whitworth hosts Pomona-Pitzer in its Northwest Conference opener on Saturday.
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