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University dominates Lewis and Clark, pulls away 49-10

University High School’s Zach May  carries the ball through the line against Lewis and Clark with blocking help from Campbell Barrington (71) on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Joe Albi Stadium. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Hard to score when a team doesn’t have the ball.

Or when it gives the ball to the other team.

That summarizes the type of game it was for the Lewis and Clark football team.

For University? Everything the Titans touched seemingly turned into scores Friday.

The Titans rolled to a 49-10 win in a 4A Greater Spokane League game at Joe Albi Stadium.

U-Hi (2-2 overall, 1-1 league) dominated in the second half after taking advantage of LC mistakes in the first half.

The mistakes started early for LC (1-3, 0-2).

First, the Tigers fumbled the opening kickoff. U-Hi’s Terrell Sanders capped an eight-play series with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Second, Chris Taylor returned a fumble 49 yards to extend the Titans’ lead to 14-0. The ball bounced perfectly into Taylor’s hands and he did the rest.

Third, Taylor returned a kickoff 86 yards, starting his return up the middle when a U-Hi wedge seemingly parted the waters. Then Taylor bounced outside and two LC players collided, effectively serving as a block that allowed Taylor to sprint untouched the final 65 yards.

The TD increased the Titans’ lead to 28-3.

On LC’s next offensive play after the kickoff return, however, quarterback Michael Flaherty hit Sam Weldon on a 62-yard TD connection, allowing the Tigers to cut U-Hi’s lead to 28-10 with 40 seconds to go before halftime.

The teams combined for 17 points in a wild 59-second span to close out the first half.

Any chance LC had of a second half comeback faded away in the third quarter.

U-Hi took the opening drive and marched 14 plays. Quarterback Gavin Wolcott hit Danny Johnson on an 8-yard TD pass to extend the Titans’ lead to 35-10.

LC had the ball for just three plays in the quarter.

After LC punted, U-Hi put together another time-consuming drive, capped when Wolcott scored on a 2-yard bootleg to put the Titans ahead 49-10 with 9 minutes remaining.

U-Hi finished with 433 yards total offense, 323 coming on the ground. Zach May, who scored on an 80-yard sprint, finished with 142 yards on 15 carries and Sanders had 112 on 22 attempts.