The University of Redlands football team wasted no time getting in the win column, trouncing East Texas Baptist 36-3 at Ted Runner Stadium.
It was a good win for the Bulldogs. The Tigers are a decent opponent out of a solid conference which beats the heck out playing a nonconference patsy to start out.
The Bulldogs looked solid. Their performance wasn’t flawless, but opening games seldom are. Quarterback Dan Selway, who had a broken foot last year, threw for 239 yards before being pulled early in the fourth quarter with the game in hand. He’ll be even better once he shakes off the rust that comes with 10 months of inactivity.
The Bulldogs also have a bruiser of a back in Sean Quinn. No fancy running or slashing stuff. He just barrels over and through people.
On the defensive side of the ball the beast is junior defensive back Mike Nicolini. He also returns kicks and is just fearless. The folks in the press box spent much of the game trying to come up with a nickname for him. He just has to have one. The P.A. announcer finally settled on “The Godfather.” We’ll see if it sticks.
Good news for the other locals too . .
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps beat Lewis & Clark 22-7. That’s one the Stags should have won. L-C just isn’t that good.
The more impressive win was Pomona-Pitzer beating Puget Sound 20-14 in overtime on a fake field goal that went for a touchdown. That’s a solid win for the Sagehens who got thumped by the same team in their opener last year.
La Verne fell to Whitworth which was also expected.