Coleton Fitzgerald came to play.
On a chilly night, Lewis and Clark’s senior running back ran for three touchdowns as the Tigers cruised to a 44-9 win over Rogers at Joe Albi Stadium.
“Colton Fitzgerald’s done a really nice job for us,” LC head coach Dave Hughes said. “He’s done a really nice job for us the last two weeks, and I felt tonight he ran hard.”
For two teams near or at the bottom of the Greater Spokane League standings, Friday’s game was an opportunity for one to turn its season around.
LC (2-4) withstood a Rogers (0-6) 13-play drive that ended with a turnover on downs and turned it into its own 11-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a Fitzgerald 12-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers an early 9-0 lead.
After a Rogers punt, LC put together a quick four-play drive going 37 yards. A Camryn Schon 17-yard touchdown reception capped the series and gave the Tigers a comfortable 16-0 lead.
The Pirates looked like they’d make things interesting the following drive. A 40-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Kahlil Winfrey cut LC’s lead to 16-7. Winfrey made a nifty catch at the LC 5-yard line and alluded two defenders for the score.
LC extended its lead before halftime, thanks to a 15-yard touchdown catch by senior tight end Jack Claypool. A key fourth-and-1 conversion two plays earlier kept LC’s drive alive.
In the second half, the Tigers didn’t let up. After starting the half on the Pirates’ 14-yard line thanks to a big return plus a Rogers 15-yard personal foul penalty, Fitzgerald ran in untouched to give LC a 30-7 lead.
From there, the rout was on.
LC got touchdowns from Fitzgerald and Taylor Duncan to widen the scoring gap. Duncan’s 28-yard run had as much to do with his running ability than it did with great blocking on the right side of LC’s offensive line.
Tigers quarterback Andrew Black was comfortable all night long behind his offensive line and finished with two touchdown passes.
“Tonight we really did a nice job in our pass protection and our offensive line was really solid,” Hughes said.
Rogers senior running back James Welty left the game in the fourth quarter on a stretcher after being tackled.