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Quarterback Leif Ericksen, known for his throwing ability, passed for 324 yards, but added a rushing touchdown. So-called running quarterback Connor Johnson came through with a rushing touchdown, but also tossed a beautiful 54-yard deep ball that was erased by a penalty.
Mt. Spokane routed Damien Memorial of Honolulu 42-14 at the Pine Bowl on the campus of Whitworth University on Friday afternoon.
Willamette never makes things simple. Over the last three seasons, head coach Rod Sandberg has found that Whitworth’s second-longest rival usually saves its toughest battles for the Pirates.
Things don’t always work out the way the football gods say they will. Just ask the Huskies over in Seattle, or the Cougars down in Pullman.
Rod Sandberg is wary of making comparisons, so the Whitworth head football coach adheres to a don’t-worry-about-them strategy.
Whitworth is hosting homecoming on Saturday, but the annual event has a deeper meaning as the Pirates welcome a George Fox team that is loaded with coaching ties to the Whitworth program. The Bruins (2-1) restarted football operations in 2014 after a 46-year hiatus and hired head coach Chris Casey, who previously served as defensive coordinator at Whitworth from 1994-04.
The Whitworth football team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Northwest Conference, but was the only school other than Linfield to pick up a first-place vote in a poll of the league coaches. Linfield, which is seeking to extend its national record 59 consecutive winning seasons, has been picked by conference coaches to repeat as champions, the NWC office announced Tuesday. However, the Wildcats shared the conference title last year with Pacific (Ore.) before Linfield advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Whitworth University suffers the first loss of the season to Chapman 49-34, Sept. 27, 2014, in the Pine Bowl. The Pirates are now 3-1 under new head coach Rod Sandberg.
Less than a month away from the first practice, new Whitworth University football coach Rod Sandberg has 45 new recruits headed to north Spokane as he begins the process of molding the Pirates in his image.
With a new football coach in hand, the Whitworth Pirates started spring practices this week with the tall order of learning new offensive and defensive schemes. Whitworth hired Rod Sandberg last fall to replace John Tully, who resigned. Sandberg then hired Alan Stanfield away from Shadle Park to run Whitworth’s offense.
With a new football coach in hand, the Whitworth Pirates started spring practices this week with the tall order of learning new offensive and defensive schemes.
The Pirates took on the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys at the Pine Bowl.