PORTLAND, Ore. – On Saturday, the Lewis & Clark (1-1) football team put on a show offensively against Pomona-Pitzer College (0-2) winning 63-38. The Pioneers broke the single game team rushing record, running for 549 yards, while tying for the third most points ever scored in a single game. Quarterback Keith Welch led the way with five rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns on the day.
Pomona came out strong offensively scoring on a 39 yard run by Luke Sweeney within the first three minutes of the game. The Pioneers answered back, scoring on a two yard run by Welch three minutes later. After a great fourth down stand by the defense, Welch connected with Harrison Keller for a 19 yard touchdown pass in a third and long situation. The Sagehens continued to score however, with a touchdown run by Quarterback Jacob Caron and a field goal by Brian Hentschel putting Pomona up by three with 8:55 left in the first half. Pomona would not score for another 25 minutes as the Lewis & Clark defense held strong. Meanwhile, Runningback Joevonte Mayes and Welch led the rushing attack, moving the ball down the field on big plays. Within the next eight minutes Welch ran for another two touchdowns (29 yd, 37yd) putting the Pioneers up 28-17 at the half.
After the half, the Pios scored quickly on a great 72 yard run by Welch who showed a few shifty moves on his way to the endzone. Lewis & Clark stayed strong defensively through the third quarter and the Pioneer offense struck again and again. An 18 yard pass by Welch to Keller, his second receiving TD on the day and a 19 yard rush by Mayes capped a third quarter where the Pios outscores the Sagehens 21-0. With the Pioneers up 49-17 at the start of the fourth quarter the Sagehens did all they could to mount a comeback. Three TD passes by Caron in the final quarter helped their cause but they couldn't stop the Pioneer rushing game as Welch and Andrew Frisina put the nail in the coffin with another two rushing Touchdowns for the Pioneers. The final score of 63-38 is tied for the third highest point total for Lewis & Clark in school history, narrowly missing the all-time game high of 67, set in 1962 against Whitman College.
Pomona Pitzer was led offensively by Caron who threw for 243 yards on 24 of 50 passing with three touchdowns. Robert Maki had 12 catches on the day for 127 yards and two receiving touchdowns while Sweeney rushed 17 times for a total of 116 yards and one rushing touchdown.
The Pioneer's Welch was 5-7 passing for 63 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 9 times for 241 yards and five touchdowns. Keller led all receivers with three catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Mayes added another 26 carries for 219 rushing yards and a touchdown. Defensively the Pioneers were paced by Chris Kelly with 12 tackles, while Chuck Krause, Riley Mitchell and Matt Lettunich all ended up with a sack.
The Pioneers take the field again next Saturday Sept. 25th at Whitworth University with the game starting at 1:30pm.