Facing the likelihood of its final opportunity for a win in the regular season, the Lewis and Clark football team played arguably its best game Thursday.
Behind senior running back Coleton Fitzgerald, the Tigers sliced and diced their way through the mistake-prone North Central Indians 44-6 in a Greater Spokane League game between the city’s oldest schools at Joe Albi Stadium.
LC (3-5) finishes next week against co-league leader Shadle Park.
Fitzgerald beat the Indians to the perimeter repeatedly and often spun his way out of tackles. In the first half alone, he gained 188 yards on 15 carries, including touchdown runs of 4, 91 and 25 yards. He had just one carry in the second half before giving way to substitutes.
NC had a case of the butterfingers in the first two quarters, losing four fumbles. LC linebacker Colin Hardie recovered two fumbles in the first half, and the last one was recovered by lineman Blake Ochsner, who returned it 23 yards for a TD that extended the Tigers’ lead to 28-0 with 6:10 to go before halftime.
That’s where the score remained going into intermission.
LC added a pair of TDs and a safety in the second half.
Running back Cody Kiourkas led NC with 117 yards on 14 carries.
NC avoided the shutout when Quinn Zerba, on a quarterback draw, sprinted 73 yards for a TD with 1:06 remaining.
Strange as it may sound, NC (1-7) still has an opportunity to make the postseason. The Indians take on University (1-7) next Friday at Albi to decide the third and final seed in 3A.