The football team had a blow out game against the Case Western University Spartans with a final score of 45-0.
This was the first time the team had ever played a school in that conference.
The team had to trust their skills and be ready at any moment to change their plays.
“We just keep to the same system,” head coach Joe Smith said. “We take account for what the team is doing and make changes from there. [We] make adjustments on the fly and at half time. We are really good at that.”
The first half ended with the team 24 points ahead of Case Western, but that wasn’t enough.
The defense showed what they were made of by not letting the Spartans get a first down the entire first half.
However, the offense let Case Western intercept the ball two times, and despite the defense constantly giving them the ball, they didn’t score nearly as much as they would have liked.
“For us, all of our motivation came from being frustrated that we were only up by 24 points and knowing that we should be playing much better,” senior quarterback Josh Yoder said in an email. “I think that says a lot about our team; it doesn’t really matter the score of the game, if we win by seven points or 45 points, we have such high expectations for ourselves that if we aren’t playing as well as we know we should, then it is still a bit of a let down even if the margin of the victory is high.”
The team isn’t letting these wins get into their heads as they move on into the season. They know what they must do to get better and are ready to put in the effort to get there.
“I think there is a ton to improve on,” sophomore Brain Balsiger said in an email. “To reach the heights we expect to we need to clean up the mistakes with penalties and our execution. If we continue to focus on the little things the potential is great for this team.”
The football team will be facing Pacific Lutheran University in next weeks homecoming game witch will be a big game for both teams.
After beating them two times last year, the Lutes will be looking for revenge this weekend.
“It’s great to honor those that have come before us at Linfield College,” Balsiger said. “Our program is based so much around tradition that it’s cool to see all the alumni back and to honor them. This is a huge being a key rivalry game and our conference opener so we are anticipating a battle on Saturday. Should be a fun one and I know the team is ready for the match up.”
The Wildcats are at Maxwell Field for their homecoming game against the Pacific Lutheran Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
“We’ve played these games and know how to be successful,” Smith said. “Our guys know that aren’t at the level that they are going to have to be at yet. Our goal is not just to get to playoffs or win this game.”
By Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor
The Wildcat defense goes in for a tackle during a game against Case Western University on Sept. 28. The defense shined during the game by not letting the Spartans get a first down the entire first half and not letting them score a single point the entire game. Linfield is playing Pacific Lutheran University for the homecoming game on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird
Sophomore Brian Balsiger (5) catches the ball during the Case Western game in
Cleveland, Ohio. Balsiger caught eight passes and ran 99 total yards, the most catches and total yardage of anyone during the game.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird