Wildcats crush Kingsmen, 52-14

The undefeated football team dethroned the California Lutheran University Kingsmen, 52-14, on Sept. 21.

The Wildcats never let the Kingsmen take the lead, only tying with them once in the first quarter before regaining the lead. The teams’ talent, matched with a home field advantage, made them just about unstoppable.

“Being at home is both physically and mentality easier without question,” head coach Joe Smith said. “The crowd also gives you an energy boost that makes playing all that much better.”

The team used these advantages in addition to their talented personnel to pull off a win. The Wildcat offense proved its abilities by nailing a total of seven touchdowns.

The defense was just as impressive and got an interception, which led to a touchdown. The defense held the Kingsmen to two touchdowns.

“I think we have a special team this year,” sophomore Brian Balsiger said in an email. “[We] are capable of performing at an elite level, so no I wasn’t surprised when we got rolling early on in the game. It’s definitely the ‘cherry on top’ to beat a rival handily.”

Even with a great win such as Saturday’s, the Wildcats refuse to let their success get to their heads.

“I don’t think the game said a whole lot,” Balsiger said in an email. “We will always get every team’s best shot each and every week, so as long as we execute and stay disciplined it can be a great season.”

The team will face off at noon on Sept. 28 against Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

By Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor


Photo-Helen Lee/Photo editor

Senior Josh Hill (center-left) celebrates after making the first of the teams’s seven total touchdowns during their game against Cal Lutheran
University. The team will head to Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 28 to take on the Spartans.

Photo- Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Senior Kyle Wright (left) making the only interception of the second quarter. The Wildcats dethroned the Kingsmen on Sept. 21, 52-14.

Photo- Helen Lee/Photo editor

Junior Westly Meng (left) reaches forward to make one of the seven touchdowns during the game. This was the team’s first football game at the home field this season, and the extra energy helped keep the game alive.