By Anna Schall
On Nov. 4, Lewis & Clark College lost to Whitworth University, giving Whitworth their fourth straight conference game win. It was the final home game of the season for LC, and the final home game ever for 11 seniors.
The Whitworth Pirates gained an early lead against LC, earning six points during the first quarter while the Pios score remained zero. The only points scored by LC occurred in the second quarter when Sawyer May ’21 passed to Heisman Hosoda ’20 from 11 yards out for a touchdown. At halftime, Whitworth held onto their lead of 20 points with a score of 27-7. The second quarter saw LC unable to keep up with the Pirates’ offense, resulting in a whooping 48-7 final score. It was the fifth game in a string of losses for the Pioneers.
The 2017 football season ended with a game at Pacific Lutheran University (PLV) on Saturday, Nov. 11, where LC lost 40-24. The Pioneers once again peaked during the second quarter, earning 17 points, which they followed with another seven points during the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the game was neck-and-neck at 26-24, but PLU managed to score two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
Next season, 59 of the 70 current football players are expected to return to the field.