Pioneers drop season opener

Pioneers drop season opener

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lewis & Clark quarterback Caden Voges threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, and tight end Dallas Garreaud caught a pair of touchdowns, however visiting Pomona-Pitzer pulled away in the second half to defeat the Pioneers, 34-21 in their season opener, Saturday afternoon on Fred Wilson Field at Griswold Stadium.

The Sagehens (2-0) scored 14 of their 20 second half points in the third quarter to win their second game of the season.  Pomona-Pitzer defeated Lewis-Clark Valley, 57-12 last Saturday (Sept. 1).

The game started with fireworks early as Pomona-Pitzer took the opening kickoff engineering a 6-play, 67-yard drive (2:46).  Quarterback Karter Odermann tossed a 10-yard strike to Win Hunter for a quick 7-0 lead.  The drive was highlighted by a 47-yard strike from Odermann to Nick Jung.  

Lewis & Clark (0-1) would engineer their own spark evening the score at seven, as Voges picked up where he left off from last season's season finale, finding Garreaud for a 13-yard touchdown (4 plays, 34 yards, 1:35).

Returning for his third year with the Pioneers, Voges started the final game of the 2017 season (Pacific Lutheran), and finished with 22 completions, 238 yards and two touchdowns.  Both touchdowns passes were to Garreaud. 

The Pios look their first lead on the day in the second quarter with a solid 10-play, 56-yard drive on a 1-yard plunge from Cory Hincks.  It was Hincks' second career touchdown run.

After scoring the game's first touchdown, Pomona-Pitzer was plagued by the turnover bug (two fumbles, one interception) with two punts.  However, they evened the score late in the second quarter recovering a Pios fumble.  Five plays later, Nick Kapule launched a 53-yard touchdown pass to Odermann (5-plays, 63 yards, 1:28). 

After a LC punt, the visitors appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown pass, however an offensive penalty (illegal man downfield) negated the score. 

For much of the third quarter, it was a game of field possession with both teams combining for eight punts, two fumbles, and two interceptions.  Pomona-Pitzer regained the lead with a pair of back-to-back scores.  

Using its fourth quarterback of the game (Pomona-Pitzer used five QBs on the day), Edward Sias found Hunter, his second touchdown on the day, from 28 yards out for a 20-14 advantage (PAT was no good).   The visitors quickly scored again, tallying another touchdown with seven seconds left capitalizing on a LC turnover as Sias found Odermann from 22 yards out.  After a successful two-point conversion, Pomona-Pitzer led 28-14 entering the final quarter.

Both teams would add scores in the final stanza.  Odermann would catch his third touchdown of the game on a 16-yard reception from Sias.  Lewis & Clark made it 34-21 with 4:15 remaining as Voges connected with Garreaud for the second time on the day with a 33-yard touchdown.

Lewis & Clark was led in the receiving department by Dejour Williams with nine receptions and 80 yards; Heisman Hosada had six receptions for 94 yards; and Garreaud caught six balls for 95 yards.  Garreaud also caught his eighth and ninth career touchdown receptions.

Pete Lahti led the Pios with solo seven tackles and two assisted (eight total) and Aidan Verba-Hamilton totaled 77 yards on four returns.

The Sagehens were led through the air by Sias on 12-of-23 passing and 173 yards with three touchdowns.  Odermann was 7-of-10 with 81 yards and a touchdown, all in the first quarter.

Overall, Lewis & Clark converted 2-of-3 fourth down attempts and were flagged nine times for 110 yards. The Pios dominated time of possession 37:28 to 22:35 and were out-gained 434 to 383.  Pomona-Pitzer accumulated 14 penalties for 134 yards. 

Since 2000 when the series began, Lewis & Clark is now 5-8 against Pomona-Pitzer.  The two teams have split the last two games against one another (LC defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 40-29, Sept. 16, 2017). 

The Sagehans continue their non-conference schedule next Saturday with a home date against another Northwest Conference school, George Fox (Sept. 15, 5 p.m.). 

Lewis & Clark (0-1) travels to southern California to take on Whittier, also on Saturday, Sept. 15 for a noon kickoff.