Records Falling for Football

Records Falling for Football

By John Lind
Sports Information Assistant

PORTLAND, Ore. - With their careers winding down for the Lewis & Clark football team, Pioneer seniors Keith Welch and Andrew Frisina have experience notable success.

Welch's touchdown pass to Jacob Costantino during Saturday's matchup against Linfield College was a milestone for the senior quarterback during his tenure at Lewis & Clark. The touchdown pass was Welch's 21st of the 2013 season and the 67th of career, which broke the Lewis & Clark career record for touchdown passes. The previous record of 66 touchdown passes was held by Trent Thompson.

This season Welch is having one of his best seasons statistically. He leads the Northwest Conference in total passing yards (2103), passing yards per game (300.4), and is tied for first in touchdowns (21). 

Additionally, Welch is fourth in the NWC in total rushing yards (356) as a quarterback, and has scored six more touchdowns on the ground.

Welch has also sustained high national rankings for his production. He is currently eight in all of Division III in total offense with 347.7 yards per game. His 2,103 total passing yards rank 11th in Division III and his 21 passing touchdowns are tied for ninth.

The Pioneers top receiver, Frisina, is quickly approaching the Pioneer single season receptions record. Frisina has caught 72 passes through only 7 games. With the school record sitting at 80 receptions, he has a good chance of setting the new record during the final two games of the season.

Statistically, Frisina is head and shoulders above the rest of the NWC. He leads the conference in receptions (72), receptions per game (10.3), total receiving yards (778) and yards per game (111.1). He has also caught seven touchdown passes this season, making him one of the Pioneers' most consistent weapons.

Frisina has also been garnering some national notoriety for his production. His 72 receptions and 10.3 receptions per game are the best in all of Division III football. His receiving yards per game total of 111.1 is 16th best in the nation.

Lewis & Clark continue their NWC schedule this Saturday, Nov. 2, when the travel to Pacific University to take on the Boxers. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.