Loggers Drop Season Finale At Lewis & Clark, 30-27
PORTLAND, Ore. – Picking up their first Northwest
Conference win since 2003, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers knocked
off the Puget Sound Loggers, 30-27, in a Northwest Conference
football game on Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium in
The Pioneers (2-7, 1-5 NWC) got on the scoreboard first with 9:44 remaining when Tucker Lawrence connected with Brandis Piper for a 40-yard touchdown pass that gave L&C a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Andrew Foote. The Pios made it 14-0 with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter when Tucker rumbled in from two yards out to cap a 12-play, 54-yard drive.
The Loggers got on the scoreboard just before halftime when Kavin Williams (Ocean Shores, Wash./North Beach) ran the ball into the endzone from one yard out with just 16 seconds remaining and the PAT by Peter Topolski (University Place, Wash./Covenant) was good as the Loggers cut the L&C lead by half, 14-7, heading into the break.
In the third quarter, Foote used his foot to boot a 30-yard field goal with 9:34 left on the clock to give the Pioneers a 17-7 lead but the Loggers answered back when Spencer Crace (Wilsonville, Ore.) connected with Ross Zuhl (Issaquah, Wash.) for a 27-yard touchdown that got the Loggers within three points at 17-14 heading into the break.
Following another one yard scoring run by Tucker with 9:20 remaining, the Pioneers got a monster break with 6:21 to play in the game when Chris Kelly recovered a fumble by Casey Larson (Coupeville, Wash.) on the L&C nine-yard line and ran the ball back 91-yards for a touchdown that put the Pios up by 16 points following the PAT.
The Loggers attempted a comeback as Crace connected with freshman John Martino (Redmond, Wash./Redmond) on a two-yard score that got the Loggers back within 10 points following a missed two-point PAT attempt. Crace and Martino connected again with 25 seconds left, this time on a 21-yard score that got Puget Sound within three points following the Topolski PAT but it was too little, too late as Lewis & Clark collected the 30-27 victory.
The Loggers were led by a strong game offensively from Crace, who connected on 25-of-43 passes for three touchdowns. Larson led the Loggers on the ground with 79 yards on 15 carries while Zuhl led the team receiving with 10 catches for 159 yards. Defensively, senior Cory Dunn (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) had an outstanding game, collecting 15 tackles on the day, including 1.5 for loss and 0.5 sack.
Lewis & Clark was led by a strong day by Laurence, who ran for 127 yards on 38 attempts with two scores and then connected on nine-of-15 passes for 103 yards with one touchdown. The Pioneers were led defensively by Brooks Patterson, who put together 13 tackles on the afternoon.