Lewis & Clark Holds Off Sagehens In Wild One 48-39

Claremont, Calif. – For the second straight game, junior running back Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had a huge day on the ground with 187 yards and four touchdowns, but Lewis & Clark used five touchdown passes from Keith Welch to capture a 48-39 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon at Merritt Field.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer's record to 0-2 on the young season, while Lewis & Clark improves to 2-0 with the win.

Sweeney (pictured - photo courtesy of Bryan Matsumoto) had his 187 yards come on the heels of rushing for 186 in last weekend's loss at Whitworth. He had touchdown runs of 11, 4, 4, and 10 yards on the day, with the last one pulling the Sagehens within 41-39 with 10:40 to play. However, the ensuing two-point conversion failed leaving Pomona-Pitzer down by two points.

The Sagehens had two chances with the ball to take the lead, but the first drive ended at the Lewis & Clark 35-yard line, and junior quarterback Luke Ferguson (Siverton, Ore.) lined up as if the Sagehens would go for it, but instead quick-kicked the ball which just rolled over the line for a touchback. After the Pomona-Pitzer defense held, Logan Kotzian intercepted a pass from Ferguson and returned it to the Sagehens 42-yard line. The Pioneers then pushed the ball across to seal the win, as Welch passed to Kevin Carpenter from five yards out to cap off the drive and make the score 48-39 with 2:38 left.

Kotzian, who also blocked a key extra point for the Pioneers, then sealed the win late with a sack of Ferguson, resulting in a fumble which was recovered by John Berokoff.

The blocked extra point came after Sweeney scored from five yards out with 28 seconds left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 41-33. When Sweeney scored again from 10 yards out and 11:43 to play, the Sagehens were forced to go for the two-point conversion and were unable to connect to remain in the two-point deficit.

A missed extra point was the difference in the first half as Lewis & Clark took a 28-27 lead into the break. Sweeney's four-yard run with 37 seconds left in the half brought the Sagehens within a point. Sophomore tight end Peter Ferrin (Salt Lake City, Utah) also had two touchdown receptions in the first half, the first to open the scoring at the 10:40 mark and the second to make the score 21-20 with 8:57 left in the second quarter (from 22 yards).

Welch proved to be too much, though, as he was 17-for-27 for 272 yards and five touchdowns on the day, while also rushing for 25 yards and another touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Kyle Roskamp (Chesterfield, Mo.) led the Sagehens defense with 11 tackles, including three for losses.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action in two weeks when it hosts Chapman in its final non-conference game of the season on Oct. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.