Quarterback Dalton Ritchey racked up 203 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored three times to help power Pacific Lutheran past Whitworth 41-27 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Washington.
It was the Pirates’ final game of the season.
The Lutes (6-2, 4-2) jumped ahead from the get-go, scoring two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to take a 28-7 lead at the half.
Whitworth (6-4, 4-3) however, charged back in the second half to make things interesting. Bryan Peterson’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Drew Clausen with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter made it a one-possession game, but Ritchey ripped off a 47-yard touchdown run 12 seconds later to eliminate any doubt.
Peterson completed 53 of 64 passes for 428 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Peterson finished the season with a completions-per-game average of 34, breaking the previous Division III record of 32.1.
Linfield 73, Puget Sound 10: Sam Riddle threw for three scores and the Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) scored six rushing touchdowns in an easy win over the Loggers (3-5, 2-4) in a Northwest Conference game in Tacoma.
Linfield racked up 530 yards of total offense, compared to just 98 for Puget Sound.
Central Washington 49, Dixie State 17: Jake Nelson threw three touchdown passes and the Wildcats (6-4, 4-2) routed the Red Storm (1-9, 0-5) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at Hansen Stadium in St. George, Utah.
Central Washington also got non-offensive touchdowns from Jesse Zalk and Isaiah Davis. Zalk returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score and Davis returned an interception 66 yards for another touchdown.
Carroll 27, Rocky Mountain 10: The Saints (8-1, 8-1) topped the Battlin’ Bears (5-5, 4-5) in a Frontier Conference game in Helena, Montana. The win was Carroll’s eighth straight after a season-opening loss.
The Saints wrap up the regular season on Saturday at home against College of Idaho.
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