First back-to-back home football wins since 2008
The Logger football team won their second game of the season Saturday against Lewis and Clark College at home in Baker Stadium. This win brings the team to a 2-1 record overall and an undefeated record this season at home.
It didn’t take long for the Loggers to get going on Saturday. They never went to a fourth down in the entire drive en route to scoring the first touchdown of the game with 13:48 left on the clock in the first quarter. Quarterback Braden Foley (Bothell, Wash.) let fly downfield for Peter Bell (Klamath Falls, Ore.) who caught Foley’s 29-yard pass to score the first Logger touchdown.
After the early touchdown, the game ground to a halt. The teams traded possessions for 11 minutes until Noah Frazier (Long Beach, Calif.) fumbled the ball trying to sneak through a gap in Lewis and Clark’s defense.
Lewis and Clark recovered the fumble and took advantage of Fraizer’s risk by tying the game, each with a touchdown a minute later.
In the dying minutes of the first quarter, the Loggers managed to advance deep into Lewis and Clark territory. They carried over their possession to the second quarter of the game where they sat on the edge of making some room between them and the Pioneers.
Nick Espinoza (San Diego, Calif.) rushed on third down with eight yards to go towards a first down, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage for no gain.
Instead of risking turning over the ball with no points, kicker Sawyer Petre (Denver, Colo.) was called into action and netted the Loggers three points on a field goal at 36 yards from the Pioneer end zone.
After the Pioneers punted their next drive, the Loggers made a persistent 16-play drive down the field to bring them even further into the lead with another touchdown.
Foley and Bell combined again to score for the Loggers; this time Bell caught a six-yard reception from Foley in the end zone to put the Loggers ahead 17-7.
During the third quarter, both teams surged against each other but neither found any daylight beyond the other and ended the quarter with no points scored by either team.
The beginning of the fourth quarter saw the Pioneers penned into their own half by the Logger defense.
They punted the ball away to the 45-yard line but wide receiver Kevin Miller (Seattle, Wash.) was back to receive the kick and returned the ball 41 yards and the Pioneers found themselves with their backs against the wall only seconds after they punted the ball away.
The Logger offense quickly capitalized on the field position that Miller put them in, scoring the third touchdown only 40 seconds after the Pioneers punted the ball away.
This time it was Max McGuinn (Bellingham, Wash.) who rushed the final four yards to score and put the Loggers ahead 24-7.
The Loggers continued to press their advantage when Jacob Wuesthoff (Newbury Park, Calif.) intercepted a pass from Pioneer quarterback Cody Rochon and returned it 52 yards for another touchdown, putting the Loggers ahead even further at 31-7.
Frazier redeemed his earlier turnover with the final touchdown of the night on a 49-yard rushing play, leaving the final score at Loggers with 38 points and the Pioneers 7.
Frazier led the team in the rushing category, with eight attempts for 96 yards and an impressive average of 12 yards per carry.
Miller joined Frazier in the leader’s category with 12 successful targets for 107 yards and an average of 9 yards per reception. Miller wasn’t the only receiver to shine in the Logger win as Bell had two touchdown receptions on the afternoon.
The Loggers play again at home against Pacific University, Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.