For the second straight week, the Ferris football team needed a little pick-me-up in the fourth quarter Friday night.
This time the Saxons got it from their defense.
With South Hill supremacy still in doubt, it was defensive end Devin Arguinchona’s interception on the first play of the fourth quarter that led to the Saxons’ 34-6 win over Lewis and Clark at Albi Stadium.
At that point, Ferris still led 21-6, but had gone almost 23 minutes without a score. Arguinchona snagged a pass from LC quarterback Andrew Black and ran the ball from the Ferris 45 all the way to the LC 18, setting up Cole Karstetter’s fourth touchdown of the game and a 28-6 lead.
“The guy released early, so I read screen and settled in, and got it,” said Arguinchona. “I was trying to score (on the return), but I know Andrew is fast, so when I saw him coming, I just tried not to fumble.”
More important, the win kept the Saxons (6-1) tied atop the Greater Spokane League standings with Gonzaga Prep and Shadle Park. LC fell to 2-5.
The win came a week after an even closer shave, a 24-14 win over Mt. Spokane.
“It’s a great win for us,” Arguinchona said. “We control our destiny, so we just have to keep it going.”
Early on, the game didn’t figure to come down to a fourth-quarter interception. After LC went three and out on its first possession, the Saxons needed just three plays to go ahead 7-0. Jalen Hicks rushed to the left and down the sideline 55 yards to the LC 4-yard line, and Karstetter scored two plays later on a 1-yard run.
Hicks took the next LC punt 87 yards for a score, but the play was wiped out by an illegal-block call. The Saxons shrugged off the penalty and went 81 yards for another score, with Karstetter running for 37 yards down the right sideline to make it 14-0.
But the Tigers responded with their best drive of the night, a 14-play, 69-yard journey that lasted seven minutes and kept Ferris off the field. Better yet, the Tigers were back in the game after Black scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Ferris needed two plays to restore the two-score lead, as Hicks took an option handoff inside, then shifted to his right and ran 56 yards down the right sideline. Karstetter scored from 4 yards on the next play to put Ferris ahead 21-6.
The Tigers used most of the second quarter on a long drive than ended with a fourth-down incompletion, but Ferris was intercepted late in the half.
The Saxons opened the second half by driving to the LC 7, but stalled and wound up settling for a field goal attempt that went awry on a bad snap.
Hicks finished with 174 yards on 12 carries, while Karstetter carried 16 times for 102 yards and boosted his season total to 1,125.
Tigers running back Coleton Fitzgerald ran 21 times for 89 yards.