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Anderson questionable for Whitworth's home opener

Adam Anderson was injured on the opening kickoff during last week's game against LaVerne (Photo: Whitworth Athletics) Adam Anderson was injured on the opening kickoff during last week's game against LaVerne (Photo: Whitworth Athletics)

Bucs welcome Redlands to Pine Bowl

SPOKANE, Wash. - Coaches at Whitworth said Tuesday they're not sure whether All-American running back Adam Anderson will be able to play in Saturday's home opener.  After beat LaVerne last weekend, the Bucs are welcoming the chance to host the University of Redlands in the friendly surroundings of the Pine Bowl.

The Pirates beat LaVerne 21-9 on the road, even without their best offensive weapon.  Anderson went down with a lower leg injury during the game's opening kickoff.  As of Tuesday, doctors hadn't cleared Anderson the play on Saturday, but it could come down to a gametime decision. 

Luckily for the Bucs, running back Sean Scott (Milwaukie, Ore.) picked up the slack by running 85 yards on 24 carries in the win against Redlands.  He scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter last week. Andrew Durant (So., QB, Spokane, Wash.) started the game and completed 12 of 18 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Kyle Scroggins (Sr., WR, Royal City, Wash.) caught three passes for 54 yards, including his first career touchdown early in the second quarter.

Zack Clow (Jr., P/DB, Blanchard, Idaho) had another solid day kicking the ball. He averaged 39.7 yards on three punts.

This week, the Pirates will face a Redlands team that opened their season impressively with a 36-3 home win against East Texas Baptist.  The Bulldogs are known for their balanced, efficient offense that compliments a stingy defense.  Redlands finished second in DIII last season in overall defense and first against the run.  The Bucs will have to contain the 2007 SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year, Dan Selway.  The senior quarterback is back for a fifth season after missing nearly all the 2008 season with an injury.  Last week he completed 20 of 35 passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  His favorite target was wide receiver Brended Barkate, who hauled in 9 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown.  The Bulldogs also ran for 166 yards, most of which were accumulated by Sean Quinn, who rushed for 85 yards and a score.

The last time these two teams met, things didn't go so well for the Pirates.  They played the Bulldogs last season and lost 38-7.  Redlands held Whitworth to just 140 yards to their 448, and of that 140 yards of offense, only six yards came on the ground.

Whitworth vs. Redlands
Sat., Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.
at the Pine Bowl (Whitworth University)

Additional Information

The Series:
The series is tied 3-3, but the Bulldogs have won the last two meetings. Redlands won the first-ever meeting 20-7 at home in 2000. The 2001 game at Whitworth was cancelled after the events of September 11, 2001. The series resumed in 2004 and the Pirates won the next three match-ups, including 28-3 in 2006 - the largest Whitworth margin of victory in the series and the Pirates last win in the series. The last time the teams played in the Pine Bowl, Redlands defeated Whitworth 24-12.

National Ranking: Whitworth is listed with "others receiving votes" in this week's D3football.com top 25 poll. Redlands is very close to cracking the top 25.

NWC Poll: Whitworth finished third in the NWC preseason coaches poll with 37 points. Defending champion Willamette and Linfield finished first and second, respectively. Link to NWC Football Coaches Poll.

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