Whitworth College scored first but not often Saturday afternoon and suffered a familiar football fate by losing to Simon Fraser University 40-6.
It was the Pirates’ 12th straight defeat in a slide that dates to the first game of the 1995 season. The reeling Pirates head into next weekend’s homecoming game against Pacific Lutheran University with an 0-4 record.
The Clansmen improved to 3-2.
Whitworth’s only points came late in the first quarter when senior Brion Williams scored on a 74-yard run. The touchdown was a 1-play drive. Kicker Brad Dickenson failed on the PAT.
Williams, whose regular position is wide receiver, also lined up in the backfield Saturday and led the Pirates with 73 yards rushing on two carries.
But the lethal running attack belonged to Simon Fraser tailbacks David Mattiazzo and Shawn Lee.
Mattiazzo accounted for three touchdowns on runs of 47, 14 and 16 yards. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound junior from Burnaby finished with 93 yards on seven carries.
Lee, a 5-8, 174-pound senior from North Vancouver, B.C., entered the game as the team’s leading rusher and is fourth overall in the Columbia Football Association. He added to his statistics, finishing with 86 yards on 12 carries and a 53-yard, third-quarter touchdown run.
Lee also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Terry Kleinsmith late in the first quarter to give the Clansmen a 7-6 lead.
Kleinsmith finished 9 of 15 passing for 93 yards. Whitworth redshirt freshmen quarterbacks Casey Doyle and Rob Leslie both played, with Doyle starting and compiling 19 yards (4 for 14). Leslie did not complete a pass on four attempts.
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