Poets Fall in Season Opener, Scurlock '08 has hand in three TDs
Poets quarterback Josh Scurlock '08 threw two touchdown passes
and rushed for another, but Whittier College lost to the University
of Puget Sound, 26-19 at Memorial Stadium on September 2.
Scurlock accounted for 185 yards of total offense, 166 in the air. He was 14-for-22 with an interception. Shawn Briggs '08 was Scurlock's favorite target, catching seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Drew Southern '09 finished with four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. The rushing game was the difference, as the Poets accumulated just 69 yards on the ground to the Loggers' 246. Anthony Pomponio '09 was Whittier's leading rusher with 30 yards on eleven carries.
Chasen Eddow '08 led the Poets defense with 7.5 tackles. Ruben Chavez '07 finished with four tackles including the Poets' lone sack. Matt Petropulos '10 recorded his first collegiate interception.
Puget Sound opened the scoring, capping a fifteen-play, 88-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run with 3:16 left in the first quarter. Whittier blocked the ensuing extra point attempt. The Loggers added another touchdown early in the second quarter on a 16-yard interception return to make the score 13-0. The Poets answered with a ten-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a four yard touchdown catch by Southern, leaving Whittier trailing by a touchdown at halftime.
Puget Sound increased their lead in the second half with a one-yard run with 3:06 left in the third quarter. Once again, the Poets blocked the extra point attempt. The Loggers went ahead 26-6 with 3:07 left in the game after a 28-yard touchdown run. With little time remaining, the Poets fought back. The Poets put together a nine-play, 71-yard drive that ended with Scurlock diving into the end-zone for the score with 41 seconds remaining. After a failed two-point conversion, the Poets recovered a textbook onside kick from Ben Walker '08. 38 seconds later the Poets were in the end zone again, as Scurlock found Briggs for an 18-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining, making the score 26-19. Whittier recovered another onside kick, but time expired.
The Poets' next contest is on September 16 when they travel to Cathage College in Kenosha, Wisc.