Football Preview: University of Redlands at California Lutheran University

Football Preview: University of Redlands at California Lutheran University

REDLANDS, Calif. - The University of Redlands Football team returns to the gridiron this weekend, Saturday, October 8 at 7:05pm for their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener against California Lutheran University for the annual Smudge Pot Trophy Game.

The teams will be playing for the coveted Smudge Pot for the tenth time, with the Bulldogs hoping to secure it for the ninth-straight year.

Smudge Pot Trophy History

Beginning in 2012, the Smudge Pot Trophy is a perpetual trophy that celebrates the heritage and history of the citrus industries in San Bernardino and Ventura counties.  The winner of the annual game between Cal Lutheran and Redlands is presented with the Smudge Pot, earning the honor to paint it in the respective school colors while hosting the trophy until the next meeting.     

Previous Meetings: 

2022 ---- | 2021 (W, 56-28) | 2019 (W, 33-14) | 2018 (W, 51-23) | 2017 (W, 21-17) | 2016 (W, 34-30) | 2015 (W, 13-10) | 2014 (W, 59-27) | 2013 (W, 10-7) | 2012 (L, 45-35)

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Week 4/5 Results


The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week with their last contest occurring back on September 24 in a non-conference game against Claremont-M-S where they fell 25-21. In the loss the Maroon and Grey held leads at 7-0, 14-3, and 21-12.  Redlands is still searching for their first win of 2022 as they sit at 0-4.   

Redlands won the time of possession battle against the Stags at 32:10-27:50. They struggled to run the ball, averaging only 1.44 yards/rush, but Calel Olicia-Aramboles (Westfield, IN) averaged 7.57 yards/rush, running for 53 yards on seven carries, and posting the only zero in rushing yards lost. 

Myles Herrera (Yucaipa, CA) went 16-for-25 with 108 yards and two touchdowns in the air along with 28 yards rushing. Michael Mindnich (Bellingham, WA) had a touchdown and 25 yards receiving, Graig Padgett (Steilacoom, WA) scored his first career touchdown, and leading receiver Evan Aguon (San Diego, CA) had seven catches for 35 yards. 

On the defensive side Jacob Sega (Oceanside, CA) had a game-high nine tackles and Scott Tinsley (Capitola, CA) and Craig Hunter (Murrieta, CA) both had eight tackles. Jadin Michaels (Palm Springs, CA) had an interception and four tackles. Both of the Bulldogs sacks came courtesy of Dawson Brokman (Martinez, CA).

Cal Lutheran 

The Kingsmen played during week five, as they made the trip to Whittier College where they shutout the Poets 45-0. CLU went 9-of-13 (69 percent) on third downs, totaled 420 yards of offense, allowed only 62 yards of offense at a 1.4 yard/play clip, threw for 152 yards, and rushed for 268 yards on 47 carries for an average of 5.7 yards/rush.

Cal Lutheran forced three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, while fumbling once, which they recovered, and throwing one interception. 

Starting quarterback Nick Lasher went 9-for-15 for 113 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Hector Gonzalez relieved him and threw a touchdown. 

Lasher was the team's leading rusher with 74 yards on only four carries. Isaiah Martin ran for a touchdown and carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards. CLU spread the ball around with ten players recording a carry.

Faizon Knight led them with three catches for 55 yards and one receiving touchdown. Between rushing and receiving, the Kingsmen had 18 different players with a rush attempt or reception.

Three players tied for a team-high three total tackles. They posted four sacks and five tackles for losses. CLU had four pass breakups on only 19 Whittier pass attempts and they blocked two kicks.  

Series History

The Bulldogs have won eight-straight games against the Kingsmen dating back to 2012 when they lost 45-35 inside Ted Runner Stadium. In 2021 the Bulldogs blew out the Kingsmen 56-28. That game the Bulldogs were down 14-0 before going on a 56-14 run. 

Team Stats


National Rank
Total Offense 234.2 yards 225th 6th
Rushing Offense 59 yards 228th 6th
Passing Offense 175.2 yards 164th 5th
Team Passing Efficiency 131.48 113th 5th
Scoring Offense 18.8 ppg 176th 5th
Total Defense 352.2 yards 126th 4th
Rushing Defense 110.8 yards 78th 4th
Passing Defense 241.5 yards 179th 4th
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 147.35 184th 4th
Scoring Defense 26.2 ppg 126th 4th
Turnover Margin -0.75 T-179th 5th
3rd Down Conversion Pct. .407 96th 5th
3rd Down Conversion Pct. Defense 0.458 192nd 5th
Red Zone Offense 0.688 174th 4th
Red Zone Defense 0.632 38th 4th
Net Punting 38.33 yards 11th 1st
Punt Returns 13.45 yards 41st 1st
Kickoff Returns 22.11 T-53rd 2nd
Fewest Penalties/Game 4.75 T-43rd 3rd
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 40 yards 36th 5th
Time of Possession 28:55 166th 6th

Cal Lutheran

National Rank
Total Offense 405.4 yards 64th 3rd 
Rushing Offense 151 yards 85th 3rd 
Passing Offense 254.4 yards 64th 3rd 
Team Passing Efficiency 152.88 56th 3rd 
Scoring Offense 33.8 ppg 59th 3rd 
Total Defense 318.8 yards 89th 3rd 
Rushing Defense 100 yards 65th 3rd 
Passing Defense 218.8 yards 147th 3rd 
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 134.52 139th 3rd 
Scoring Defense 24.2 ppg 109th 3rd 
Turnovers Gained 10 40th 1st
Turnover Margin 0.20 104th 2nd 
Fumbles Recovered 5 26th 1st
Passes Intercepted 5 60th 1st
Blocked Kicks 3 7th 1st
Blocked Punts 2 5th 1st
3rd Down Conversion Pct. 0.507 26th 2nd 
3rd Down Conversion Pct. Defense 0310 52nd 1st 
Red Zone Offense 0.654 184th 5th 
Red Zone Defense 0.923 222nd 7th
Net Punting 31.61 yards 147th 3rd 
Punt Returns 8.18 yards 106th 5th 
Kickoff Returns 23.20 yards 36th 1st 
Fewest Penalties/Game 5.00 T-53rd 5th 
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 49.20 yards 84th 7th 
Time of Possession 33:36 20th 1st 

Individual Stats 


Athlete (Hometown)
National Rank
All-Purpose Evan Aguon (San Diego) 173.25 yards 12th 1st
Combined Kick Returns Aguon 395 yards 9th 1st
Completion Percentage Myles Herrera (Yucaipa, Calif.) 0.654 41st 1st
Kickoff Returns Aguon 22.7 yards 80th 3rd
Passing Touchdowns Herrera 6 TDs 110th 4th
Passing Yards/Game Herrera 175.2 yards 124th 4th
Punt Returns Aguon 14.5 yards 21st 1st
Punting Vicente Garcia (Fontana, Calif.) 42.7 yards 11th 1st
Receptions/Game Aguon 7.8 10th 1st
Tackles For Loss Craig Hunter (Murrieta, Calif.) 1.5 TFLs 62nd 2nd
Total Tackles


Jacob Sega (Oceanside, Calif.)

Scott Tinsley (Capitola, Calif.)

8.5 TT

8.2 TT

8.2 TT







Cal Lutheran

National Rank
All-Purpose Isaiah Martin 112.2 yards 120th 4th
Combined Kick Returns Dant Coxsom 264 yards 60th 3th
Completion Percentage Nick Lasher 0.610 82nd 3rd
Forced Fumbles Shaihi Baker 0.40 29th 2nd
Interceptions/Game Jalani Blade 0.40 107th 3rd
Kickoff Returns Dante Coxsom 25.9 yards 36th 1st
Passing Efficiency Nick Lasher 153.1 56th 3rd
Passing Touchdowns Lasher 14 TDs 11th 1st
Passing Yards/Game Lasher 246.6 yards 46th 2nd
Points Responsible For Lasher 86 20th 2nd
Receiving Touchdowns Dallas Martin 4 TDs 37th 2nd
Receiving Yards/Game Julio Angel 57.2 yards 192nd 7th
Rushing Touchdowns I. Martin 6 TDs 19th 2nd
Rushing Yards/Game I. Martin 103.8 yards 30th 1st
Sacks/Game Devon Goosby 0.75 75th 3rd
Total Offense Lasher 269 yards 41st 3rd
Total Points I. Martin 42 pts 19th 1st
Total Tackles Randal Voutt 7.8 140th 7th
Total Touchdowns

I. Martin

D. Martin

7 TDs

4 TDs





Yards Per Pass Att. Lasher 8.01 yards 68th 3rd