Sagehens Drop Final Non-League Game At Lewis & Clark
Portland, Ore. - Senior wide receiver Yoshi Rothman (La Jolla, Calif. - pictured) caught 14 passes for 163 yards and senior wide receiver Travis Muraoka (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored his first collegiate touchdown, but Lewis & Clark built a big lead and hung on for a 31-13 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.
With the loss, the Sagehens conclude the non-league portion of their schedule at 0-2, while Lewis & Clark improves to 2-0. Pomona-Pitzer was without senior running back Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) for the second straight week as he recovers from a preseason injury.
Lewis & Clark quarterback Keith Welch accounted for four touchdowns on the day, completing 11-of-18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the air, and carrying the bally 16 times for 69 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.
The 14 receptions tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in Pomona-Pitzer history for Rothman, matching a total that all-time record holder R.J. Maki achieved three times. Maki also holds the school record of 18 catches in a game against La Verne in 2009.
The Sagehens did their scoring in the fourth quarter, as sophomore quarterback Peter Ianelli (Seattle, Wash.) stepped in and threw his first two collegiate touchdown passes. He connected with Rothman from 14 yards out with 14:00 left in the fourth quarter, and then found Muraoka with 6:55 left in the fourth. He almost led the Sagehens down the field for a third touchdown in the closing minutes, but his attempt to Rothman was deflected into the air and intercepted in the end zone to seal the win for Lewis & Clark.
Senior quarterback Luke Ferguson started the game and was accurate throwing the ball for short gains, completing 14-of-18 passes for 92 yards, including a 33-yard pass to Rothman, but the Sagehens trailed 17-0 at the half. Ianelli finished 9-of-19 for 98 yards and two touchdowns in relief in his first extended action at quarterback. He played wide receiver last year and threw one incomplete pass on a trick play.
Defensively, junior linebacker Kyle Roskamp (Chesterfield, Mo.) led Pomona-Pitzer with eight tackles, while sophomore cornerback Ben Feldman (Weston, Fla.) was second with seven.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action in two weeks when it opens SCIAC play with a road game at Chapman.