The football team ran over the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 84-7, on Oct. 26.
The team beat two school records at this shutout game. One was the highest scoring game in the schools history beating the 1927 game that set the score to beat at 83. The other record was the most points scored in a half which was 56 points that was set in 2002 against Menlo, which the ’Cats blew away with 63 points at the half.
“To set an all-time mark in points it’s amazing,” sophomore Brian Balsiger said in an email. “[It’s] just a product of our hard work paying dividends. There’s nothing better than sharing that type of moment with your team.”
The offence shinned in this game with a total of 12 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Josh Yoder rushed eight times and gained 54 yards before being sat out to give the second string some game time. Junior quarterback Matt Yarbrough took over for Yoder with sophomore Tom Knecht who together rushed seven times and got 118 yards gained. There were 12 total receiving catches, four of which were done by Balsiger and two of them resulted in an immediate touchdown. There were a total of four interceptions, which resulted in 123 yards gained total through interceptions alone. These were done by senior Michael Link in the first half who ran it in 24 yards and freshman Skylor Elgarico who ran it in 99 yards from the Pioneers 1 yard line for a touchdown.
The defiance kept up with what they had been showing for the past couple of games by not letting the other team gain many yards and constantly keeping them back. They contained Lewis & Clark to 186 yards and just 42 yards on the ground total. Senior Louie Colasurdo saw action with 7 solo tackles, the most out of either of the teams. Coming up right behind Colasurdo is senior Curtis Terry and senior Dominique Forrest both of which got 4 tackles each.
“I think the defense did very well too,” Colasurdo said in an email. “We knew their quarterback was a dual-threat and that much of our success would be tied to how well we could contain him. Our coaches had a very good game plan for us and how we played Saturday was a direction reflection on how well we prepared and practiced all week. We did a good job of playing Linfield football and playing up to our abilities. It was great to see our younger defensive players get a chance to play and I think they competed exceptionally well.”
The game was also one of the four Pink Out games that has been put on in the month of October for Breast Care Awareness. The crowd was encouraged to wear pink and the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha handed out little ribbons to raise awareness. The football players, coaches, cheerleaders, trainers and the wildcat all showed their support by wearing pink.
“I know the team and myself really enjoy the pink theme and I definitely think we went about it in a respectful way,” Colasurdo said in an email. “It’s nice to know that we’re playing for a bigger purpose and raise awareness for all of those affected by breast cancer. It’s cool to see the masculinity in a sport like football be set aside to raise awareness for something that affects millions of women.”
The Wildcats will be travelling away next week to play against the Willamette Bearcats at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Salem, Ore.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor