Pioneers outlast Puget Sound 55-42
TACOMA, Wash. Â A 28-point fourth quarter pushed the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to 4-0 with a 55-42 road victory Saturday afternoon at Puget Sound.
The Pios, coming off a 7-2 season, will return home to face Pacific Lutheran (1-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Griswold Stadium.
PLU lost its Northwest Conference opener Saturday 31-24 at home to No. 3-ranked Linfield (4-0).
L&C (1-0 in the conference) trailed 22-21 early in the second half, but quarterback Keith Welch ran for back-to-back touchdowns of 4 and 3 yards to give the visitors a 34-22 lead at the 12:41 mark of the fourth quarter.
A little later, Welch connected with Jacob Costantino and Connor Imel for 10- and 6-yard touchdown passes and a 48-29 advantage with 6:39 left.
The Loggers (0-4) scored 1:50 later and then got an onside kick and another TD with 2:37 remaining to cut the gap to 48-42. But Lewis & Clark recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Welch hit Constantino with a 32-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 to go for the final margin.
Lewis & Clark led 35-23 in first downs but trailed in yardage 359-323.
Welch was 24 of 42 passing for 325 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception.
Curtis Shirey ran 21 times for 212 yards and one score for the Pioneers.
Nico Ohland had six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown, and Constantino, Imel and Darrell Nelson each had five receptions.