Football: Whittier vs. Occidental Preview

Football: Whittier vs. Occidental Preview

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Football team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play this past Saturday and fell 54-14 to Chapman University but looks to get their first win on the season as they travel into Eagle Rock to take on Occidental College this Saturday.     

Game Details
Whittier College vs. Occidental College
Jack Kemp Stadium (Directions)
Saturday, October 6 - 1:00 pm
Tickets available at the gate

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"The Shoes" History
Since 1946 the Poets and Tigers have played for a pair of bronzed cleats, worn by 1940 Whittier graduate Myron Claxton, in a rivalry game that has grown to be called the "Battle for the Shoes".

On the Thursday evening prior to the scheduled meeting of the teams in 1939, members of the Occidental football team stole the All-American running backs shoes from the locker room, forcing Claxton to play in his work boots. Even so, Claxton led the Poets to a 36-0 victory as they went on to win the SCIAC title that year.

Following the game Claxton, who was the final draft pick of the Giants in the 1940 NFL draft, went over to the Oxy sideline and retrieved his shoes, "bringing them home". Seven years later members of the Orthogonian Society, which Claxton was a member, had the shoes bronzed and the teams have played for the coveted "Shoes" trophy ever since.

During a 10 year span from 1955-1964 Whittier retained possession of The Shoes. In November 2007, Whittier and Occidental combined to score 128 points with the Poets re-claiming The Shoes after posting a 67-61 upset win over the Tigers in Whittier. Over the last 25 years Oxy has earned 18 victories to the Poets' seven.

Whittier College and Occidental College have met on the gridiron 107 times during their histories. Overall Occidental holds an edge for the all-time record between the two institutions at 57-51 with two ties coming in 1910 and 1916. The two teams first met in 1907, the first year Whittier fielded a team. There were no games played between the two teams in 1909 or 1918. Additionally, during the war years of 1943-45 athletic competition was put on hold.

Since the introduction of the trophy Oxy holds a one game edge 38-36 record.

WC Coming into the Game
Whittier is 0-3, 0-1 SCIAC coming off a 54-14 loss to Chapman University in their SCIAC Opener.  Since 2014 the Poets are 0-33.  This season the Poets are averaging 369 yards of offense a game with 163.3 yards coming on the ground and 205.7 through the air.  They are averaging 27.7 points per game but surrendering 585.7 yards and 55.7 points per game to opponents.     

OXY Coming into the Game
Occidental is 1-2, 0-1 SCIAC this season with their lone win coming against CETYS Mexicali 20-0.  They are averaging 223.5 yards per game (140.5 Passing/83 Rushing) and putting up 11.5 points per game.  They are giving up 40 points a game to opponents and 411.5 yards of offense (249 Rushing/162.5 Passing).    

2018 WC Key Players
QB – Miguel Avina (610 Yards Passing, Averaging 200.3 YPG, 7 Touchdowns, 53.8 Completion %,
Rushed 42 times for 165 yards, Averaging 55 YPG with three touchdowns)
RB –
Jovan Bea (51 Rushes, 224 Yards, 74.7 YPG, 1 Touchdown, Long of 66)
WR –
Brian Phelan (17 Receptions, 263 Yards, 87.7 YPG, 4 Touchdowns, 15.5 Average)
K –
Cooper Allen (0-1 FGA, 11-12 XPA, 92% PCT)
P –
Cooper Allen (14 Punts, 485 Yards, 34.6 Average, Long of 48, Three Inside the 20)
KR –
Moises Gonzalez (14 Returns, 291 Yards, 20.8 Average, Long of 35)
Nicholas Markarian (25 Tackles, 8.3 TPG, 1.5 TFL), Andrew Rosales (22 Tackles, 7.3 TPG, 2 Break-ups), Cameron Smith (19 Tackles, 6.3 TPG, 1.5 TFL, 1 Interception), Oscar Aliaga (13 Tackles, 4.3 TPG, 1 Forced Fumble, 4 Pass Break-ups), Meda Mazon (10 Tackles, 3.3 TPG, 1 Sack, 1 TFL). 

2018 OXY Key Players
QB – Joshua Greaves (46.7 Completion %, 220 Yards, 110 YPG, 1 Touchdown, 2 Interceptions)
– Brennan Golden (24 Rushes for 88 Yards, 44 YPG, 3.7 Y/G)
– Lucas Savoie (10 Receptions, 118 Yards, 59 YPG, 11.8 Average, 1 Touchdown)
Kyler Parris (1-for-1 Field Goals, Long of 27, 2 Extra Points)
– Nathan Gray (9 Punts for 313 Yards, 34.8 Average, Long of 47)
KR – Josiah Sheffie (5 Returns for 107 Yards, 21.4 Average, Long of 29)
Raffi Titizian (18 Tackles), Sam Meinhard (14 Tackles, 7 TPG, 1 Break-Up), Harrison Wakefield (14 Tackles, 7 TPG), Jackson Caudle (11 Tackles, 5.5 TPG), John Gayden (9 Tackles, 4.5 TPG, 1 Sack, 1 TFL)