Lewis & Clark’s momentum halted in loss at Puget Sound

Lewis & Clark’s momentum halted in loss at Puget Sound

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to make it three consecutive wins on Saturday, losing to the Puget Sound Loggers, 35-13, at Baker Stadium. Puget Sound scored 35 of the game's first 38 points and forced three turnovers by the Pioneers.

The loss is the first by the Pios in their last three games. Lewis & Clark defeated Pomona-Pitzer and Willamette in consecutive games for its first victories since a 60-30 win over Puget Sound in 2013. Lewis & Clark fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Northwest Conference, while Puget Sound improved to the same marks.

The Loggers scored touchdowns on three of their first five possessions to build a 21-3 lead by the second quarter. A fumble by Lewis & Clark sophomore Kevin Johnson, the first of three giveaways by the Pioneers, led to Puget Sound's third touchdown. Lewis & Clark freshman quarterback Sawyer May threw his first career interceptions, one in each half.

The Pioneers had not committed a turnover in either of their wins this season while losing the turnover battle in the season opener against Claremont M-S, Lewis & Clark's only defeat prior to Saturday.

Heisman Hosoda had his third-straight game with a touchdown, scoring on a 36-yard pass from May in the fourth quarter. Obed Eriza, whose 33-yard field goal sealed the win against Willamette last weekend, kicked successful field goals of 25 yards each against Puget Sound.

Puget Sound outgained the Pioneers, 485-246, including a 318-131 advantage passing. Puget Sound quarterback Tanner Diebold finished 25 of 42 for 318 yards and two touchdowns. May was 17 of 44 for 203 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Cory Hincks led the Pioneers with 48 yards rushing on four carries, his third game this season averaging more than seven yards per rush. Michael Abraham ran 13 times for 44 yards. Hosoda finished as the Pioneers' leading receiver with four catches and 73 yards plus the score. Dejour Williams added four receptions for 48 yards, giving him 90 catches in his career. Pete Lahti led the Pioneers with eight tackles, followed by Andrew Werst, Dante Smith, Roger Hernandez and Remington Campbell with five apiece. Werst had two tackles for loss and Charlie Whitesell had one.

Saturday was the first time the Pioneers defense didn't force a turnover since Lewis & Clark lost at Pacific Lutheran, 48-14, in November of last season.

The Pioneers return home to Griswold Stadium next weekend, hosting Linfield at 1 p.m.