FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team posted a 69-0 victory over Division II Fort Lewis Saturday night to improve to 2-1 on the season.
"We came out and wanted to play consistent and play without mistakes and turnovers," said Head Coach Jerome Souers. "We played consistent on defense. I was excited to see backups at every position come in and contribute."
Junior Zach Bauman scored on the first play of the game, scampering 75-yards for a touchdown to give the Lumberjacks a lead 11 seconds into the contest. NAU scored five times in the opening quarter to lead 27-0. Bauman scored twice and kicker Andy Wilder added two field goals (34, 24). Austin Shanks ran back a punt for the second consecutive game, posting a 74-yard return to close out the scoring in the first 15 minutes.
"We have a lethal returner in Austin Shanks and we have a punt unit that blocks for him," said Souers. "When you have a guy back there with that kind of speed you block a little harder knowing he is capable of what he did."
The shutout victory was the largest since the Lumberjacks opened the 1996 season with a 75-0 victory against Western New Mexico,
Bauman carried just five times in limited action but accumulated 136 yards, the 15th 100-yard rushing performance of his career and second consecutive this season. True freshman Casey Jahn added 111 yards and two touchdowns, while DeBoskie-Johnson had 81 yards. Overall, the Lumberjacks totaled 346 yards on the ground.
Umodu scored his second touchdown of the night in the third quarter on a pass from Jordan Perry. Jahn scored twice in the second half to close out the scoring.
Cartwright finished 11-for-18 for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Perry went 7-for-9 for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Umodu led the receivers with four catches for 63 yards and two scores.
The NAU defense held the Skyhawks to just 122 yards on the game. They had just 44 yards passing and 78 yards on the ground.
NAU travel to Missoula next to face Montana in its conference opener.