The blue-collar Lewis and Clark Tigers did it again Friday.
“We’re not flashy like Ferris and Mead and we’re not blowing any teams out, but we find a way to get it done week in and week out,” senior quarterback Jeff Livingston summed up after the Tigers’ convincing 31-7 victory over the Mt. Spokane Wildcats in Greater Spokane League action at Joe Albi Stadium. The win moved the Tigers into a three-way tie for first place with Ferris and Mead.
The Tigers’ first-team defense threw a shutout. Mt. Spokane (1-6) scored against LC’s reserves with less than 4 minutes remaining.
The most balanced offense in the GSL moved the ball at will behind Livingston and senior running back Ammar Johnson.
Livingston completed 12 of 17 for 208 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson rushed for 158 on 22 attempts and one TD.
The win sets up a showdown for the Tigers (6-1) against South Hill rival Ferris (6-1) on Friday at Albi. Mead (6-1), meanwhile, goes to Gonzaga Prep (5-2), also Friday.
LC set the tone with defense. Ends Matt Jacobson and Cory Gieffers Jessett, along with linebacker Marshall Ruehl, led the way. Then, when it was handed off to the offense, LC’s skill players marched the ball up and down the field.
“We thought we had some good skill guys and they’ve developed throughout the year,” LC coach Dave Hughes said.
It was a typical first half for the Tigers – nothing dazzling but especially effective.
Livingston threw two touchdown passes in the first half. That, coupled with a Matt Martin 26-yard field goal, accounted for LC’s offense. LC finished with 260 yards total offense in the first two quarters.
Livingston is looking forward to facing Ferris.
“It’s one of those you circle on the calendar,” he said. “It’s going to be fun. We’ve had a pretty rich history with them. It’ll be a battle.”
Gonzaga Prep 48, North Central 13: Both teams moved up and down the field in the first half in the opener at Albi, but the Bullpups (5-2) threw a shutout in the second half to keep pace in the hunt for a playoff berth.
The Bullpups may have lost quarterback Zach Bonneau to a concussion in the fourth quarter. Bonneau, who rushed for touchdowns of 24 and 78 yards and threw a TD pass, took a pop on a pitch and was helped off the field.
Bonneau finished with a team-high 188 yards on 16 carries. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 65.
NC (2-5) couldn’t slow down the Bullpups’ option. G-Prep rushed 51 times for 373 yards. Junior running back Griffin Hare had 124 on 16 attempts and TD runs of 1 and 62 yards.
Indians junior quarterback Jake Hoffman had an outstanding game, completing 18 of 34 passes for 258 yards. He also rushed for 83 on 21 carries.
University 54, Rogers 34: Quarterback Conner Johnson threw five TD passes for the Titans (4-3) as they eased past the visiting Pirates (0-7).
Statistics were piled up aplenty. Johnson completed 16 of 18 for 420 yards. Nathan Hundeby, who caught two TD passes and finished with seven receptions for 131 yards. Austin Flynn hauled in TDs of 74 and 77 yards.
For the Pirates, Luke Rogers finished with a game-high 185 yards rushing on 27 carries with three TDs. Anthony Hampton added 177 on 16.