Strong Second Half Propels Football to Come-From-Behind Season Opening Victory at Pacific University

Strong Second Half Propels Football to Come-From-Behind Season Opening Victory at Pacific University

FOREST GROVE, Ore.--Preseason nationally No. 25-ranked Adrian College outscored host Pacific University (Ore.) 17-0 in the third quarter en route to a come-from-behind 30-28 victory on Friday night in the season openers for both teams. 

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian 30, Pacific (Ore.) 28

= Location: Hanson Stadium at Lincoln Park Athletic Complex

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs (1-0); Pacific Boxers (0-1)

FOR ADRIAN
= Senior quarterback Stephen Milarch completed 15 of 26 passes for career highs in 211 yards and three touchdowns.

= Junior kicker Cameron Cook was perfect on three field goals and three extra points, plus he averaged 52 yards on seven kickoffs with two touchbacks.

= Sophomore receiver Jerron McGaw had three catches and a game-best 100 yards in his Adrian debut.

= Classmate Darius Philon led all receivers with seven catches for 52 yards.

= Linebackers Chris Adams, a sophomore, and Nathaniel Nicholson each had six tackles. Adams posted five solo.

THE OPPOSITION
= Senior quarterback Campbell Summerfield was 21 of 36 for 284 yards and matched Milarch with a trio of TD passes. He also rushed nine times for 45 yards.

= Kamana Pimental rumbled for 91 yards on 10 carries, including a 75-yard TD run to open the scoring in the third quarter.

Jack Perez and Ina Teofilo led the defense that held Adrian to 292 total yards with 16 and 14 tackles, respectively.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The teams traded scoring runs throughout the evening. Adrian opened a 13-0 advantage on a Randy Fry 26-yard pass from Milarch 5 minutes into the game and a pair of Cook field goals.

= The Boxers countered with 21 unanswered points to close the first half and open the second. Pacific got on the scoreboard when Summerfield threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Kobe Williams, followed by a 14-yarder to Chad Aragon, and then Pimental had his big run.

= But the Adrian defense had several three-and-outs to ignite a second-half surge for the offense. Cook booted a 24-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 83-yard drive to make it 21-16 Pacific.

= Then Milarch tossed an 8-yard TD to junior tight end Joey Koscielski and another for 16 yards to McGaw as the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead 30-21 with 2 minutes and 3 seconds remaining.

= The resilient Boxers hungry for a season-opening win went 99 yards on 10 plays in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 30-28. The drive saw Summerfield complete seven passes to three-different receivers including Tyler Nakama, who found the end zone on a 19-yard reception to cut the deficit to 30-28 with 20 seconds to play. 

= Adrian sealed the victory by securing the onside kick with 10 seconds left.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= With three field goals tonight, Cameron Cook moves into third place on the Adrian all-time list with 19 for his career. He surpassed Justin Warner who made 18 from 2007 to 2009.

= This is the first time in Adrian's 112-year history that the program has played a game west of the Rocky Mountains.

= Pacific won only previous meeting between the schools in 2013 in Adrian, 20-10.

= Adrian was ranked 25th in the NCAA Division III preseason poll by The Sporting News.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will be idle next week before preparing for its next game against Benedictine in Lisle, Ill., on Saturday, Sep. 17, for another non-conference setting.

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