TACOMA, Washington – Tanner Diebold threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns and the Logger defense came away with three interceptions as the Puget Sound football team toppled Lewis & Clark, 35-13, in Baker Stadium during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday afternoon.
The Loggers (2-2, 1-1 NWC) scored all 35 points in the first, starting with their first possession of the game. Puget Sound was forced to punt, but Lewis & Clark (2-2, 1-1 NWC) was drawn offside and the Loggers retained possession. The very next play, Duncan Varela took a direct snap 68 yards to the house.
Puget Sound scored on its next possession thanks to a five-yard rushing score by Vance Wood. Diebold's 13-yard run on third-and-five set up Wood's touchdown.
The Pioneers got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter with a 25-yard field goal.
The Loggers reached the end zone three times in the second quarter, all of which came with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Diebold connected with Jacob Smith for a four-yard score and 4:28 on the clock.
Lewis & Clark then went three-and-out, and Diebold hit Collin Heimbach for an eight-yard score and 1:30 on the clock. Brent McCoy quickly gave the Loggers the ball back with an interception, and Paul Thomas capped off the subsequent Logger drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Varela led the Loggers with 89 rushing yards, and AJ Johnson came away with 89 receiving yards on six receptions. Braden Ash tallied yet another sack, giving him four this season. Zackary Tears and Jason Clayton came away with interceptions against the Pioneers.
Puget Sound entered Saturday's matchup with the Northwest Conference's top rushing defense. The Loggers allowed 115 on the ground, while the offense totaled 167 rushing yards.
During halftime, Puget Sound honored the 1967 Logger football team. That squad set 41 program records, was recently honored by the city of Tacoma for its achievements.
The 2017 Loggers return to action at Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.