PORTLAND, Oregon – Max McGuinn rushed for a career-high 141 yards and Brennan Schon eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the fourth time this season as the Puget Sound football team beat Lewis & Clark, 38-7, on Saturday afternoon. The Loggers improve their overall record to 4-2 (3-1 NWC) for the first time since 2006.
McGuinn is the first Logger to rush for 100 yards since Austin Wagner had 105 against Pacific Lutheran in 2012.
Puget Sound scored on its opening drive when Kevin Miller caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hans Fortune to cap off a six-play, 55-yard drive. The Loggers needed just one play in their second possession to find the end zone as McGuinn sprinted 53 yards for the first of his two touchdowns. Just like that, Puget Sound held a 14-0 lead five minutes into the game.
"I'm very excited to see our run game come alive," said Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas. "It helped Hans' efficient game throwing the ball."
The Pioneers (0-6, 0-4 NWC) cut the Logger lead in half when Kris Grobecker caught a 72-yard touchdown pass shortly after McGuinn's first score, but those were the only points surrendered by the Puget Sound defense. McGuinn found the end zone again in opening quarter with a 62-yard carry and the Loggers held a 21-7 advantage through the first 15 minutes.
Lewis & Clark was poised to score again when it recovered a Logger fumble at the Puget Sound 10-yard line, but a sack by Brett Pilling forced the Pioneers back to the 18-yard line. The Pioneers immediately called a timeout, but Jacob Wuesthoff foiled their plans when he picked off Lewis & Clark quarterback Mike Machado in the end zone.
"Our defense continues to impress and come up with big plays," said Thomas.
Schon caught two touchdowns in the second quarter. The first was a 10-yard play that capped off a 97-yard drive, and the second was a 28-yard strike that gave the Loggers a 35-7 lead. Sawyer Petre connected on a season-best 43-yard field goal to put the Loggers ahead, 38-7, in the third quarter.
Senior wide receiver Peter Bell topped 100 yards receiving for the second-consecutive game by totaling 105 yards on eight receptions. Fortune completed 25 of 39 pass attempts for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
The Loggers host crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kickoff at Baker Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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