Five-TD day for Montana as Pioneers lose high-scoring game

File photo by Claudia Loeber/Lewis & Clark Athletics – Cruz Montana

Eureka’s Cruz Montana got his senior season off to an impressive start with a five-touchdown performance for Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

However, it wasn’t enough for the Pioneers, who gave up 21 fourth-quarter points and lost a high-scoring showdown 42-38 at the University of Puget Sound.

Montana, a 2019 Eureka High graduate, threw for four touchdowns and ran in for another.

He completed 21 of 34 passes for 352 yards and one interception, while rushing for 19 yards on seven carries and scoring on a one-yard run late in the third to put his team up by 10 points.

He completed first-half TD passes of 18 and 35 yards, and added a 50-yard scoring pass in the third and a 61-yard TD pass in the fourth.

The Division-III Pioneers, who are 0-1, will host Willamette University next weekend.

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