Wildcats secure 58 year winning steak

At second in the nation, the football team beat the Whitworth University pirates 51-17 at Spokane, Wash. on Oct. 19.

The Wildcats blew the Pirates out of the water by 34 points overall which secured their 58 consecutive winning steak. The steak started in 1955 and through some close calls the team has kept it this whole time.

Since Linfield has won its past five games out of 11 total, they are now winning more than they could possibly lose.

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Senior quarterback Josh Yoder (15) prepares to throw the ball during the game against Whitworth on Oct. 19. The Wildcats will be playing Lewis & Clark College on Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird

“It means a lot to keep the streak going another year,” Junior Colin Nelson said. “We are a part of a very special program and we all recognize that.”

Looking back on when these two teams have met before, this is the sixth straight wins against the Pirates and its all time series record between the two teams is 32-5-2.

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Sophomore Chad Coburn (23) and senior Colin Forman (2) take down a Whitworth receiver during the game on Oct. 19. The Linfield defense held the Pirates to fewer than 50 yards during the entire game and only let them score 17 points total.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird

The Linfield offense held its own this game with 51 total points, the first touchdown being in just the first five minutes of the game. Some notable players were senior Josh Yoder with 16 rushing with a total of 70 yards gained and senior Josh Hill got 10 with a total of 32 yards. The defiance held off the pirates to less than 50 yards during the whole game.  They made sure the Whitworth didn’t score until the second quarter and made sure that they didn’t gain any type of lead the while time.

“I think on offense we have a lot of room for improvement,” Nelson said. “We had a rough second quarter and start to the second half and didn’t play a complete game. However, we had a few nice drives where we marched it down the field and scored. We just need to do that more consistently when we have the ball. The defense came to play again this week. They stopped the run all day and anytime they can put points on the board its a good day.”

Linfield will play against Lewis & Clark College during family weekend at home on Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Stephanie Hofmann / Sports editor

 Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.