Off losing skid-ending weekend, Lahti and Johnson earn honors

Off losing skid-ending weekend, Lahti and Johnson earn honors

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers snapped a 33-game losing streak with last Saturday's 40-29 defeat of the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, and on Monday, two juniors were recognized for weekly awards.

Pete Lahti was selected as the Northwest Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and Bryce Johnson was chosen for the D3football.com Team of the Week's special teams slot. The announcements came out on Monday and both honors are the first ever for each student-athlete.

Lahti's interception with 13:04 remaining in the fourth quarter led to a field goal that put Lewis & Clark up by three possessions in Saturday's road victory. The Biology major from Lincoln City, Ore. recorded a team-high six tackles and his interception was the team's third takeaway. The Pios were plus-3 in turnover ratio, which included Lahti's fumble recovery that led to Obed Eriza's field goal that gave the Pios a 17-0 lead. The defense limited 2016 All-SCIAC running back Aseal Birir to 14 carries, which matches his lowest in the last two seasons. Lahti is the first Lewis & Clark student-athlete to earn NWC weekly honors for the 2017-18 year.

Johnson forced a fumble by Pomona-Pitzer kick returner David Berkinsky with 1:10 left in the third quarter, which set up Lewis & Clark's fifth touchdown drive, putting the Pios up by 16 with 14:17 remaining. A Rhetoric & Media Studies major out of Minneapolis, Johnson is second in the NWC in kick-return average at 26.2 yards per run back.

The Pioneers have a bye week before hosting Willamette in the annual Wagon Wheel game on Sept. 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.