It was announced yesterday that the University of Redlands football team climbed five spots on the D3football.com Top-25 Poll for week one to No. 20 in the nation. The Bulldogs impressed in their opening game on Saturday night by firing off 32 unanswered points en route to a 32-7 win over the Trinity University (TX) Tigers.
Redlands is the only Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) school included in this week's rankings.
On Saturday night, the Maroon and Gray effectively moved the chains for 13 first downs, 327 yards of offense, and a 2-for-2 showing in the red zone. Junior quarterback Levi Plante (Lake Arrowhead, CA), junior running back Camryn Davis (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and sophomore wide receiver Mitchell Nickovich (Mission Viejo, CA) each scored a touchdown, while junior kicker Nathan Hierlihy (Redondo Beach, CA) lit up the scoreboard for 13 points on four field goals, including a record-setting 55-yarder, and one extra point.
Defensively, the Bulldogs shut down the Tigers' air attack with four picks, including two by sophomore defensive back Chad Virgil (Menifee, CA) for 47 return yards. In addition, senior defensive Dustin Nascimento (Aiea, HI), junior defensive lineman Tobias Leonardos (Half Moon Bay, CA), senior defensive lineman Michael Burnette Jr. (Oxnard, CA), senior defensive lineman Tristan Corwin (Wildomar, CA), and senior linebacker Curren Lapes (Ladera Ranch, CA) each contributed to the Maroon and Gray's four sacks for a loss of 19 yards.
Redlands strives to maintain this momentum into the bye week, as it prepares for a September 16 contest at George Fox University (OR).
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