By John Lind
Sports Information Assistant
PUYALLUP, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark football team got on the scoreboard first Saturday against Northwest Conference foe Pacific Lutheran University but were eventually outpaced, falling 42-21 in Puyallup, Wash.
The Pioneers, who entered the match ranked #15 in the nation by d3football.com, fall to 1-4 on the year, and 1-1 in the NWC. After last week's loss to Linfield College, the Lutes improve to 4-1, 1-1 NWC.
After a scoreless and relatively uneventful first quarter, Lewis & Clark took advantage of a PLU miscue midway through the second quarter to find the endzone. A Roy Taylor punt was mishandled by the Lute returner, fumbled, and recovered by the Pioneers in PLU territory. From there, Keith Welch and company went on an eight play, 44 yard drive that eventually saw Welch rush 10 yards for the game's inaugural score.
Pacific Lutheran didn't waste much time responding, taking their next possession all the way down the field to knot the game at 7-7. Four more unanswered touchdowns by the Lutes put them ahead 35-7 early in the fourth quarter, leaving the game out of reach.
Lewis & Clark received some more offensive life late in the game from Curtis Shirey and Andrew Frisina. Shirey took a six yard pass from Welch in for a score, while Frisina made good on a 10 yard reception of his own.
The Lewis & Clark defense stepped up against a potent PLU offense, recovering four of the five Lute fumbles, intercepting a pass, and recording two sacks. However, the Pioneers were hurt on their third down conversions, going only 3-19.
Welch had a big game through the air, completing 37 of 66 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Welch was also the leading rusher for the Pioneers, amassing 28 yards on 10 carries.
Frisina had another big game for Lewis & Clark at receiver, catching 15 passes for 177 yards at a touchdown. Shirey also broke into double digits for receptions, hauling in 11 for 87 yards and a touchdown as well.