It was a tale of two halves.
Lewis and Clark dominated the first with its defense for a 21-point lead. Host University returned the favor and trailed by just a touchdown one play into the fourth quarter.
But Tigers quarterback Jordan Summers found fellow junior Adam Thompson for his only catch of the night that he turned into a 66-yard score with 8 minutes, 39 seconds remaining. It broke the Titans’ backs and propelled LC to a 42-28 triumph.
“Our coach said if they had a safety over the outside receiver we have a skinny post on the inside,” Summers said. “So we saw him slide out, Adam made a great move on him, cut inside and was open. I just got him the ball.”
Until then, the Titans had rallied from the three-touchdown deficit and had the visitors on their heels. They scored on the third play of the final quarter and had their foe at third-and-11 when Summers hit Taylor Duncan out of the backfield. A defender got a hand on him, but he wiggled free for a clutch first down.
It was third-and-15 following a penalty when Thompson split two defensive backs and put LC up 35-21.
Jordan Vogt put an exclamation point on the game with an interception return from near midfield with 2:07 left to play.
The Thompsons, sophomore Ty and brother Adam, combined for 140 of LC’s 189 passing yards and two touchdowns on three catches. Workhorse running back Duncan scored three times and finished with 145 yards on 31 carries.
He broke a 7-7 first-quarter deadlock and added two more in the second period. Tigers defenders kept U-Hi quarterback Logan O’Neill scrambling to find an open receiver and sacked him four times. Their first score came following a Titans fumble.
U-Hi’s defense tightened and quarterback Logan O’Neill and running back Bryce Williamson brought the team to within striking distance until the big play.
“We wanted to get the ball in space and try to take advantage of our skill players,” LC coach Dave Hughes said. “We got into their defensive backs and thought we had the advantage there.”
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