Pioneers drop Saturday matinee on the gridiron

Pioneers drop Saturday matinee on the gridiron

PORTLAND, Ore. – Eleven Lewis & Clark seniors played their final home game on a cold and cloudy November Saturday afternoon, as the Pioneers lost to the visiting Whitworth Pirates, 48-7, at Griswold Stadium. 

The Lewis & Clark faithful said their final cheers to Gage Bumgardner, Remington Campbell, Cecil Fuentes, Blake Garrison, Eric Hawkins, Dennis Kamakana, Austin Pereira, Thor Retzlaff, Jantzen Shinmoto, Jonathan Smith and Dylan Stacy.

The Pirates (7-2, 4-2 NWC) scored touchdowns on four of their first six possessions building a 27-7 halftime lead. It was the Whitworth's fourth straight conference victory.

Sawyer May, who injured his right shoulder in the third quarter, tossed his 11th touchdown pass before halftime to Heisman Hosada from 11 yards out.  May entered the game completing 51 percent of his passes went 11-of-18 on the day with 157 yards.  Mike Machado filling in for May was 8-of-14 with 59 yards.

Whitworth started the first quarter scoring after L&C won the opening coin toss and deferred, taking a 3-play, 72-yard drive with quarterback Ian Kolste tossing a 60-yard strike to Kevin Thomas for a quick 6-0 lead. 

Lewis & Clark quickly answered moving the ball to Whitworth's side of the field, however misfired on a 32-yard field goal by Obed Eriza.  It was Eriza's first miss in eight attempts this season.

On the ensuing drive, the conference's top team in total offense moved the ball to the L&C 33-yard line, only turning the ball over on downs.  It was the only stat the Pirates failed to capitalize on the day missing two fourth down attempts in the first half (1-of-3 on the day). Whitworth was only 3-of-10 on fourth down attempts for the season.

Kolste, who leads the conference with 273.4 yards per game through the air, tossed four touchdowns on 24-of-37 passing and 305 yards.  He now has 21 touchdowns on the season.

Trailing 20-0, L&C reached paydirt prior to halftime with a quick 2-play drive of 81 yards as May found Hosada, his fourth touchdown catch on an 11-yard strike.  The drive was took a mere 35 seconds and was helped by a 15-yard horse collar penalty.   

Lewis & Clark (2-6, 1-6) have now lost five straight games and their sixth in a row to their NWC rivals.

Whitworth the top NWC team in total offense (451.9 yards) had 598 yards on the day outgaining the home team's 342 yards.

The Pios were led on defense by Campbell with seven solo tackles.  Running back Eric Hawkins led L&C with 74 yards rushing.

Lewis & Clark closes the 2017 campaign Saturday, Nov. 11 at Pacific Lutheran for a 1 p.m. kickoff.