Abraham's big rushing day helps Lewis & Clark win at Whittier
Lewis & Clark 46, WHITTIER 27
The Pioneers picked up their first win since Sept. 30, 2017 (Willamette) with their most rushing yards and points since Oct. 5, 2013 (a 60-30 win over Puget Sound).
Sophomore Michael Abraham, 6-3, 230 pounds and from Central Catholic High, carried 18 times for 198 yards to lead the way. It was the highest rushing total by a Northwest Conference running back since Chidubem Nnoli of Linfield went for 197 yards in 2017 against Willamette.
Abraham's 76-yard touchdown run with 6:02 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Pioneers their first two-possession lead (39-27) of the nonleague game. His third and final TD run was an 11-yarder at the 2:31 mark.
Dejour Williams of the Pios caught nine passes for the second game in a row. He had one touchdown and 65 yards receiving.
L&C (1-1) trailed 27-20 in the third quarter.
Whittier dropped to 0-2.
The Pioneers will open NWC play on Sept. 29 at Willamette.
PACIFIC 21, Cal Lutheran 16
The Boxers made 10 sacks and held the Kingsmen to 288 yards.
Pacific went to 1-2; Cal Lutheran is 1-1.
The home team scored the first 14 points on first-quarter scores by sophomore quarterback Josh Harris (25-yard run) and Chase Hoffman (46-yard punt return).
CLU drove 75 yards for an early-second quarter TD and was down 14-7 at the half.
Harris passed 3 yards to Jack Lopez to cap a third-quarter Pacific drive of 14 plays and 79 yards, as the Boxers went in front 21-9. Pacific used three QBs on the drive, with JT Greenough and Bret Yap Jr., also taking part (Greenough was injured on the march).
Cal Lutheran scored with 3:27 remaining, and got the ball back at the Pacific 24 with 2:31 to go. But a sack and three incompletions ended the Kingsmen's final hope.
The 10 sacks were the most for Pacific since football returned to the Forest Grove school in 2010.
LINFIELD 13, Redlands 0
At Maxwell Field in McMinnville, the Wildcats got to 1-1 with a strong defensive effort and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Smith in the third quarter sandwiched by field goals of 37 and 34 yards by Willy Warne in the first and fourth quarters.
Linfield, ranked 11th in NCAA Division III, didn't allow Redlands inside the Wildcats' 30-yard line. Linfield led in total offense, 389 yards to 199, in its home opener.
The Wildcats had four turnovers, though, including two inside the red zone, and one of their field goals came after a penalty wiped out a touchdown.
Chidubem Nnoli of Linfield carried 24 times for 149 yards. Smith was 19 of 28 for 246 yards, with two interceptions. Max Novak caught six passes for 66 yards, including a 17-yarder for the TD.
The Bulldogs fell to 2-1.
George Fox 40, POMONA-PITZER 6
The visiting Bruins improved to 2-1, leading all the way after Daniel Campos opened the scoring with a 19-yard interception return 1:36 into the game.
Pomona-Pitzer trailed only 13-9 in the second quarter when freshman QB Jaden Sheffey capped a 73-yard GFU drive with his second touchdown run, a 1-yarder (he had scored from 40 yards in the first quarter).
Sheffey added a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter. The native of Woodinville, Washington, finished the day with 101 yards on nine carries while completing 6 of 8 passes for 95 yards.
George Fox led in total yards, 360-255.
Willamette 25, OCCIDENTAL 6
The Bearcats snapped a 12-game losing streak with the win at Eagle Rock, California.
Junior QB Mathew Castaneda passed for 262 yards and a touchdown (22 of 40) and ran 13 times for 38 yards and another TD.
KayLyn Stirton, a senior kicker from Cottonwood, California, became the Bearcats' all-time leading woman scorer in football. Her two extra-point kicks (on three attempts) and 21-yard field goal gave her seven career points. She entered the game tied with Liz (Heaston) Thompson, who scored two points in 1999.
The Bearcats finished Saturday with 374 yards and held Occidental to 164.
Willamette (1-1) hadn't won since an Oct. 29, 2016 triumph at Lewis & Clark.
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Azusa Pacific 28, WESTERN OREGON 17
Down 17-14, visiting APU scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the league game at Monmouth. Both scores came on passes from quarterback Tyrone Williams Jr. to Weston Carr — a 1-yarder with 12:38 remaining and a 53-yard play with 2:37 left.
On offense for the Wolves, QB Ty Currie had 198 yards and two TDs passing (18 of 31) and Omari Land 130 yards rushing (15 carries)
WOU linebacker Bo Highburger forced two fumbles and led the team with 11 tackles, eight solo.
Azusa Pacific is 3-0 overall, 2-0 GNAC. Western Oregon is 0-3, 0-2.
SOUTHERN OREGON 44, Montana Tech 12
The NAIA No. 3 Raiders climbed to 3-0, using a 13-point second-quarter burst for a 16-3 halftime lead and getting a big game from punter Jaxon Clark.
It was the most lopsided loss in four years for No. 23 Montana Tech.
It also was SOU's 100th all-time victory at Raider Stadium in Ashland.
Southern Oregon, tied for first in the Frontier Conference with Montana Western, ran for 276 yards (44 attempts), its highest total since Nov. 21, 2015.
Clark, a junior from Grants Pass, put five of his six punts inside Montana Tech's 20-yard line, including two that were downed at the 1. He had punts of 68 and 64 yards, and the Diggers never started a drive beyond their 35-yard line.
Southern Oregon has seven league games remaining, starting with a noon PT visit to Carroll (2-1) in Helena, Montana.