CLAREMONT, CA. – Senior running back Aseal Birir became the All-Time Career Rushing leader in Pomona-Pitzer Football history on Saturday afternoon as the Sagehens fell to Lewis & Clark 40-29 at Merritt Field.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 1-1 on the year and will next jump into conference play.
The Sagehens were led by Birir who ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and set the career-rushing mark at 3,101 and counting. Birir passed Luke Sweeney who previously set the mark at 3,004 and joins Sweeney as the only other Sagehen to eclipse the 3,000 yard rushing mark.
The Pioneers were led by Sawyer May who threw for 160 yards with three touchdowns and Eric Hawkins who rushed for 95 yards.
The turnover bug bit the Sagehens in their game against Lewis & Clark as they racked up two lost fumbles and an interception in the loss.
For the second week in a row the Sagehens began the game slow but were unable to comeback in the game against Lewis & Clark.
The Pioneers came down in their first possession and went 65 yards on 11 plays for an opening drive touchdown. On the ensuing possession, the Sagehens went three and out but a bad snap on the punt gave the Pioneers the ball on the Sagehens six-yard line. The Pios punched it in three plays later and took a quick 14-0 lead.
On the next Sagehens drive, Pomona-Pitzer went two plays and fumbled to turn the ball back over to Lewis & Clark, which they turned into three points and led 17-0 in the blink of an eye.
The Sagehens came back and scored a touchdown as Sias connected with sophomore Karter Odermann on a 17-yard touchdown to cut the leader down to 17-7 but the Pios ended the half with another passing touchdown to take a 24-7 lead at halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer began their comeback in the second half as Birir wasted no time as the first carry of the second half went for 59 yards to cut the score down to 24-14.
The Sagehens defense stayed strong and the offense put together a seven play 66-yard drive capped off by a Sias touchdown pass to Berkinsky to pull within three points at 24-21.
The Pioneers responded with a touchdown and then immediately came up with a forced fumble on the kick off and punched it in again for a 14-point swing to take a 37-21 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer scored a late touchdown but was unable to come up with the onside kick as the Pioneers ran out the clock and took the win over the Sagehens in their home opener.
Up Next: The Sagehens will have a bye before they open up their SCIAC season against Chapman on Saturday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.