The Linfield Wildcats defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the first round of the Division III
playoffs, 42-21 at home on Nov. 25.
This is the second time the ’Cats and Lutes have meet on Maxwell Field this season, when the
wildcats beat them 21-0 at the Linfield Homecoming game.
The offense shinned this game with a total of three throwing touchdowns and another two
rushing by senior quarterback Josh Yoder. Yoder had a 61.5 passing average by making 16 of
his 26 attempts to gain a total of 204 yards. Senior Josh Hill made the other touchdown for the
Wildcats, rushing 16 times to gain 68 yards.
On the receiving end, junior Charlie Poppen caught the most with six and a total of 100 yards.
Junior Evan Peterson made four receiving catches that gained 47 yards and half of the catches
became touchdowns. The ’Cats had two interceptions by Junior Mike Nardoni and senior Tyler
The defense continued to do what it does best this game by keeping the other team still. Linfield
forced the Lutes to three turnovers and sacked their quarterback three times. Senior Dominique
Forrest led the defense with eight tackles total with six unassisted and a fumble recovery.
Following Forrest is Senior Kyle Wright with 7 total tackles, three of them being unassisted.
Linfield will continue on the road to nationals with a game against Hampden-Sydney College on
Nov. 30 in Maxwell Field at Noon.
by Stephanie Hoffman/ Sports editor