The Linfield Wildcats bring home the win again, defeating the Willamette University Bearcats 56-15 and improving their record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference.
This win tied Linfield with the University of Mount Union for first in the country in Division III. Linfield’s record of 7-0 ties Mount Union in the standings, and the Wildcats 56 point game on Nov. 2 also tied them with Mount Union for total points this season.
Coach Joseph Smith mentioned that he will be “spreading the ball around to a few different backs” during the game against Willamette. Linfield had a total of eight different rusher is the game, five of which carried the ball multiple times.
Senior quarterback Josh Yoder had a spectacular game against the Bearcats, exploding for six total scores in the game. He carried the ball 26 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns, as well as adding 13 pass completions for 171 yards and two more scores.
Yoder’s favorite target in the game was senior wide receiver Charlie Poppen, who caught five passes for 53 yards and a score.
Senior running back Josh Hill also had an impressive game, totaling 23 touches for 168 yards and a touchdown and adding 37 more yards receiving.
Linfield offense totaled 622 all-purpose yards, 451 of which coming from the rushing attack and the other 171 through the air. They won out the time-of-possession battle by 19 minutes, controlling the ball for 39 minutes compared to Willamette’s 20, and also recorded two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
The Linfield football team spends a great deal of time at practice during the week, working out how they will take on their next opponent, and have shown every week that this pays off.
When asked what he thought the key to winning the game against Willamette was, Sophomore running back Tavon Willis responded with one word: preparation. Freshman running back Spencer Payne attributed part of the win to the linemen.
“Our linemen had a really great game,” Payne said.
He also said, “Our defense is amazing”, referring back to the two interceptions they had in the game.
Linfield will take on Puget Sound University next in the AT&T Hall Of Fame Game. This game is at 1:00 on Nov. 9 at Maxwell Field.
They will hope to continue their perfect season, as well as take over the number one spot in the Division III football standings.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter