Turnovers Costly In Logger Loss At Whitworth
SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth forced six turnovers to key a 70-11 win over the Puget Sound football team on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. The Loggers (0-6, 0-3 NWC) had five passes intercepted, including two that were returned for touchdowns.
A windy day in Spokane had its affects on the usually proficient Logger passing game and the Loggers were never able to get into a flow offensively. Whitworth took advantage of the wind with its strong ground game and stiff defense.
Scott Carr's 29-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted a three-score first quarter for the Pirates (6-2, 2-2 NWC) as they sprinted out to a big lead.
The Loggers put together an impressive 13-play, 66-yard drive in the third quarter that resulted in a five-yard touchdown pass from Braden Foley to Tieler Souza. It was the first of two lengthy drives for the Loggers, but came too late as Whitworth had already built a 56-0 lead before Souza's TD.
Ronnie Thomas led the Whitworth offensive attack with 23 carries for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Bryan Peterson was 11-of-13 in the passing game for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
Foley ended the game with 17 completions on 33 attempts for one touchdown and 136 yards. He also threw three interceptions. Adam Kniffin was Foley's favorite target with six catches for 50 yards. He also had four rushes for 28 yards.
The Loggers forced a pair of fumbles in the game with Joe Cerne forcing his second fumble of the season and recovering the fumble for a Logger turnover. Arda Bulak forced and recovered the other fumble on his one tackle that also happened to be a tackle for loss.
The Loggers return home next week for their annual Homecoming game. The Loggers will host Pacific Lutheran at 1 p.m.