PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark offense put together its best outing of the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon in Northwest Conference action against Pacific. The Pioneers and Boxers battled to a 42-42 tie through regulation, with the Boxers earning the victory in overtime.
The Pioneers were led by freshman Cody Rochon who completed 26 of his 37 passes for a career-high 333 yards, throwing four touchdown passes. The freshman quarterback also led the team in rushing with 145 yards on 24 carries, taking the ball into the end zone twice for the Pios. Michael Hawkins ended the day in triple digits for the Pioneers, taking the ball 125 yards on 13 receptions.
Senior Andrew Traver led the Pioneers defense in his final game at Griswold Stadium. The linebacker picked up 12 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. Josh Cena, Jon Bielawicz and Stein Retzlaff each ended the day with eight tackles. Cena ended the day with a forced fumble, which was recovered by Patrick Jackson, while also breaking up two Boxer passes. Both Bielawicz and Retzlaff ended the day with monster sacks, both making solid contact with the Pacific quarterback.
The Boxers were led by eight tackles from Brandon Harms, while Trey Kodama, Jack Perez and Josh Brinkworth each had seven. Warner Shaw ended his day 18 of 22 from under center, throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Offensively the Pioneers held the advantage over the Boxers, finishing with 488 yards of total offense to their opponents 381. The Pio passing game held a 333-254 edge, while their running game was also slightly better (155-127).
The Pioneers held their own against the Boxers, who after a Linfield loss today, are in first place in the Northwest Conference.
Pacific was the only team to find the end zone in the first quarter, taking an early 7-0 lead. The Pioneers responded in the second quarter with Rochon hooking up with Nico Ohland for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
The Boxers answered moments later with another score to take a 14-7 advantage on a 44-yard reception. Pacific put up another score for a 21-7 lead with 7:40 left in the half.
Rochon pulled the Pioneers within a score right before the half, taking the ball 15-yards to the end zone. The play capped off a long drive by the Pioneers that saw them go 80-yards over seven minutes.
The second half began with another Boxer touchdown on their opening drive. The Pioneers had answers for the Boxer scores with back-to-back results of their own. The first came with Rochon finding Jacob Costantino for a 47-yard catch and run that saw the senior dive into the end zone.
A Boxer turnover caused by Cena setup the Pioneers for their next touchdown. Taking over at their own 32-yard line, the Pioneers quickly made their way down the field with help of a 40-yard pass from Rochon to M. Hawkins. The drive was capped off with an 11-yard touchdown by Gage Bumgardner.
The Boxers once again pulled ahead at the start of the fourth quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Lewis & Clark tied the contest at 35-35 with 5:48 to play after recovering a well-executed on sides kick at the Boxers 42-yard line. The Pioneer offense made their way down the field in less than two minutes, taking their first lead of the game on a six-yard quarterback keep by Rochon.
With plenty of time on the clock the Boxers answered with a score of their own with a 61-yard drive in a little over a minute.
Despite two more opportunities the Pioneers were unable to pull recapture their lead.
The Pioneers received the ball for the first possession of the overtime period. The team could not connect on their first three passes, before forced to try a 42-yard field goal which fell short.
Getting the ball back after the missed field goal by the Pioneers, the Boxers converted on their first play of the overtime period, ending the contest with the six point victory.
The Pioneers end their season on Saturday, Nov. 8 at George Fox for a 1 p.m. kickoff.