Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lewis and Clark Football 3-0

After a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, the Pioneers return home with a 37-28 victory and advance to 3-0 on the season. For the first time since '95, the Pios start the season off with a 3-0 record. The game in St. Paul was anything but dull. The Pioneer offense shined yet again with 593 total offensive yards, scoring 37 points. Even the first 10 minutes of the game was a sight to see. After driving down the field on their opening drive, the Pios missed a field goal.Taking over with the ball the Scots got a few first downs and looked to be threatening the end zone. On a 1st and 10 at the Lewis and Clark 19 yard-line, the Macalester Scots QB Clark Bledsoe ran to his right and was punished by LC cornerback Logan Kotzian. In the collision that Kotzian described "like a rattlesnake recoil" Kotzian's helmet flew in the air, as did the football, and Bledsoe fell to the ground. Kotzian remained standing, with no helmet, looking for the ball, as Louis Baltazar fell on it to regain possession for the Pios. The game remained exciting throughout and as Macalester seemed to threaten a comeback, in the 4th quarter, the Pioneer defense blocked a FG attempt that would have brought the game within 1 score. The Pios closed the game out after an interception by Lamar Curry late in the 4th quarter to end any hopes of a Macalester comeback. The Pioneers travel to Forest Grove, Oregon next Saturday to start October and their conference schedule on the road against Pacific (0-3). Pacific will most likely be well prepared for the game, taking their bye-week to get ready to host LC on Oct. 1 at 1:30 PM

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pioneers arrive in Minnesota

The Pios arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota friday afternoon in preparation for their game saturday against the Macalester Scots. The game will be played at 1pm central time, thats 11am for the fans back home on the west coast. Watch the game streamed online via the Macalester Athletics website. The Pios practiced at the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers facilities in Minneapolis (pictured above) for their Friday walk-thrus.The Pios looked good preparing for tomorrow's contest. As for the tagline of "land of 10,000 lakes" I personally have counted 27 so far, so I think the claim is well founded.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pioneers Start Season 2-0

After a stellar home opener against C-M-S, the Pios travelled down to Southern California, to face the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Pios held off an attempted comeback by the Sagehens, to defeat Pomona-Pitzer on their home field, The Pio's second consecutive victory against them. Pre-game comments brought both programs out firing, with Pomona scoring on their opening drive. Not to be out-done, the Pios scored on their opening drive, with Keith Welch's first of 5 TD passes. Welch had a hand in 6 of the Pios scores, running for 1 on top of his 5 throwing, proving he can be a playmaker with his arm as well as his feet. The Pio defense forced turnovers when it counted and had 2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery to end Pomona's hope at a comeback. The defense was lead by seniors Baltazar, Kelly, Curtin and Lettunich. A great performance of 7 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception are credited to junior corner Logan Kotzian. Pioneer Football heads to St.Paul, Minnesota to face the Macalester Scots next Saturday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

36-14 Home Opener Victory

Pioneer running back Joevante Mayes dives into the endzone
The Pios opened up their season with a 36-14 home win against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Staggs. Lewis and Clark put on an impressive showing scoring on only the 2nd play on offense. Averaging 7.7 yac, and with 331 yards rushing, the Pioneer offensive line was named to the Team of the Week. Along with the O-Line, Riley Mitchell was also named to the team of the week for his 1 sack and 5 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. The Pioneers head down to Pomona-Pitzer this saturday to start their stint away from home.