PORTLAND, Ore. – Lewis & Clark opened up an early, three-score lead and went on to defeat the Puget Sound football team 60-30 on Saturday. Every Logger scoring play went for at least 20 yards as the teams combined for over-1000 yards in the game.
The Loggers (1-2, 0-1 NWC) saw a record-breaking kick at the end of the third quarter that put three points on the board. Sawyer Petre knocked in a 51-yard field goal to set the school record for the longest field goal. Mark Conrad, who now coach Petre and the kickers, previously held the record of 49 yards. Conrad kicked a 49-yard field goal in 1972 during his Hall of Fame career.
Lewis & Clark (13-, 1-0 NWC) had the lion's share of the yardage with 697 yards of offense compared to the Loggers' 382. Both teams also combined for nine turnovers in the game with the Loggers throwing three interceptions and fumbling three times.
The Pios needed just 51 seconds to gain the lead on the first drive of the game. Keith Welch had a pair of runs that covered all 63 yards of the drive to put the Pios up 7-0. Welch ended the game 517 yards of offense. He passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns while running for 165 yards and four more scores.
The Loggers first offensive drive was cut short when they were stopped on fourth and one during the first series. The next three possessions ended with turnovers as Lewis & Clark opened up a 10-0 lead.
Down 10-0, the Loggers looked to seize a bit of momentum when Nasser Abdelrasul picked off his first pass of the season at the Loggers' five yard line to halt a Pio drive. However, the Loggers fumbled on their own 17 just six plays later to set the Pios up with great field position.
The hosts cashed in on the opportunity after three plays to go up 17-0. The Loggers finally broke through in the second quarter when Braden Foley found Bryson Calma for his first score of the day on a 21-yard pass. It was the first of five Logger scoring plays – all of which spanned at least 20 yards.
Calma had his best game of the season, reeling in nine catches for 126 yards and two TDs. He also scored in the third quarter on a 32-yard pass from Foley.
The Pios responded before the half was over to take a 25-7 lead into halftime. However, Connor Savage looked to get the Loggers right back into it when he took the opening kickoff of the second half 83 yards into the end zone to narrow the gap to 25-14.
That would be as close as they would get as Lewis & Clark seemed to have an answer every time the Loggers scored.
Foley hit Calma for the 32-yard score in the third quarter but the Pios responded with their own TD two minutes later. After Petre's record-breaking field goal, the Pios scored twice more. Foley hit Kupono Park for a 20-yard TD pass early in the third quarter for the Loggers final score before a five-minute Pio drive ended in another score to keep the game out of reach.
Foley had a season-high 308 yards passing with three TDs but also threw three picks, ending his streak without an interception to start the year. Park had seven catches for 55 yards and ran for 47 yards on 16 attempts.
The Loggers are back on the road next week at Pacific for a 1 p.m. kickoff.