The Skyhawks tasted football at a higher level Saturday.
Fort Lewis College dropped a 69-0 decision to Football Championship Subdivision foe Northern Arizona on Saturday night in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The NCAA Division II Skyhawks trailed 48-0 at halftime to the FCS school (formerly known as NCAA Division I-AA).
The Lumberjacks scored on the first play from scrimmage in the Walkup Skydome when Zach Bauman broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run.
Bauman added a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Austin Shanks returned an FLC punt 74 yards for a score – all in the first quarter.
“They were able to do what they do ... and really take their big linemen that they have and just really lean on us,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said.
NAU’s Chase Cartwright threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter – 30 yards to Ify Umodu and 4 yards to Covaughn Debroskie-Johnson.
The third scoring pass in the quarter covered 31 yards from Jordan Perry to Debroskie-Johnson.
NAU added two third-quarter scores to push the margin to 62-0 entering the fourth quarter.
A final touchdown produced the 69-0 final margin as NAU improved to 2-1.
FLC (0-2) starting quarterback Tim Jenkins did not play against NAU because of injury. Cougar Beaubein started, and Jason Fitzpatrick also got some reps at quarterback for FLC.
“I was pleased with how pumped up they were to play in that game,” Rivas said. “I needed to coach them up better on how to make decisions to put us in better situations.
FLC also was missing some key personnel defensively, players they’ll hope to get back next week when the Skyhawks visit Western New Mexico.
“Games like this, guys get a lot of playing time against higher-level competition ... we get to find out who’s tough,” Rivas said.