NW Colleges: Scott stands tallest, leads Occidental past Puget Sound, 46-41

Hans Fortune
Hans Fortune

Puget Sound Loggers quarterback Hans Fortune obviously sees the football field really well against the Occidental College Tigers.

Last season, he made his first career start for the Loggers against the Tigers and threw for 533 yards and five touchdowns.

And on Saturday, the sophomore was at it again — amassing 431 passing yards and a career-high six touchdown passes.

Enough to take a home season-opening victory?

Not quite.

The quarterback on the other side — Occidental’s Bryan Scott — was pretty good, too. Scott emerged from the gunslinger duel with 421 yards and five touchdowns and a wild 46-41 victory for the Tigers at Baker Stadium in Tacoma.

A half dozen times, UPS pass rushers were in front of Scott. They had their hands on his legs, his arm and his jersey. Each time, he wiggled out of trouble to make a fantastic play.

The decisive play came with 4 minutes, 11 seconds remaining. With the Tigers holding a 40-35 lead, Occidental faced a fourth-and-7 from the Loggers’ 23. Scott stepped through pressure and tossed a low pass that a sliding Max Gruber collected for a 22-yard score.

“To give him credit, he is a big guy,” UPS linebacker Chris Beaulaurier said. “And has been playing the game for a while. That is important, because the game gets a little slower … and that helps him out.”

As he finished his compliment, Beaulaurier glanced up at the nearby scoreboard and winced.

“We missed tackles, and there was no excuse for that,” he said. “(Allowing) 46 points is absolutely unacceptable. There is no reason somebody should be scoring that at all. That will definitely be fixed before (the Northwest Conference) season.”

Even with Scott’s big play, the Loggers still had a chance to win the ballgame — one they did not trail in until the 9:25 mark of the fourth quarter.

Receiver Brennan Schon was Fortune’s big-play target and the junior took a hitch in the left flat 70 yards for a touchdown, and Occidental’s lead was trimmed to 46-41 with 3:39 to go.

The one pass Scott did not convert was a fourth-and-3 play from the Loggers’ 23 that fell incomplete, giving UPS one final chance to win it.

But Fortune tried hitting receiver Kevin Miller along the left sideline. Defensive back Shae Mueller undercut the route for an interception at the 2:34 mark.

“They were able to play real, real physical there,” Loggers coach Jeff Thomas said. “The guy made a good play on the ball.”

UPS was really hurt by five fourth-quarter penalties — four coming on offensive holding.

“We have to overcome … all that stuff,” Thomas said. “We just didn’t do that down the stretch.”

Kwame Do chipped in with 141 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Tigers. He had a 62-yard run in the final quarter.

Schon finished with a career-high 189 receiving yards and three scores.

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