Wildcats defeat Pacific Lutheran in first round of playoffs

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

Robitaille.

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