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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
So I love my Wildcat footballers as much as any other student here at Linfield, but did you know there’s a chance that Linfield may not get a bid for the Northwest Conference Championships?
And who would be the threat to Linfield’s winning tradition? The answer is 45 minutes away in a little town called Forest Grove. If Pacific University somehow pulls off a win over Linfield during their last game of the season on Nov. 16, it would cause a three-way tie between Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University and Linfield College.
Now, having a three way tie between these teams doesn’t seem so bad, but Pacific’s season does seem to have a potential effect on our football team’s chances of advancing to the Division III playoffs.
According to NCAA Division III rules, each conference has their own set of rules in the event of a three-way tie for first place. In terms of who advances to the Division III playoffs, it turns out Pacific has a good chance of getting the qualifying bid if a three way tie were to happen.
So far, the Boxers are 4-1 in the Northwest Conference. Their one loss was against Pacific Lutheran where they lost by one field goal in the last minutes of the game.
So should the Wildcats be concerned? My Wildcat pride says “of course not” but we need to look at the facts.
Their win over Lewis and Clark College Nov. 1 gave the Boxers seven wins for the first time since 1972. This also gives the Boxers three conference wins for the first time since 1988.
In addition, one of Pacific’s quarterbacks, senior T.C. Campbell, has the potential to give the Wildcats a tough time in their final game of the season. Campbell was featured in an addition of Call My Play, a San Francisco based company that specializes in providing professional play-by-play commentary to highlight athletic achievements, in a section entitled “Pacific Play of the Week.”
Campbell was highlighted after he turned a 10-yard loss into an 11-yard gain, and then scrambled again to find wide receiver, Jakob Lawrence in the back of the end zone for a touchdown in the Boxers’ 21-6 win over Chicago on Oct. 26.
It seems that the Pacific football team has put themselves in the most ideal position to threaten the Wildcats’ expected NWC play off. However, we haven’t lost a game to the Boxer’s in decades. And we do have the 58 season winning momentum behind us. Let’s face it. It’s the norm for Linfield to get into the play-offs. The Wildcats have earned eight trips to the NCAA Division III Playoffs in the last twelve seasons – advancing to the quarterfinals three times.
Our Wildcats have even made it to the semifinals once and won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004.
It’s interesting that Pacific University actually has a chance to challenge Linfield’s winning streak norm but let’s face it, our Wildcats aren’t going to let any team in the NWC get in their way from taking their 59th straight winning season.
Camille Weber/Sports columnist
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
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.
“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.
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
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Junior Colin Nelson believes there is more to a football team than a single player, it’s all of them coming together the makes them win.
Nelson has been involved with football for most of his life. When his family moved to a new town right before he went into third grade. His parents wanted him to meet some new people and since he had already played basketball and baseball he knew that he like sports. He signed up for football right then and has been in it ever since. His senior year, he became a captain, which taught him that football was more than a sport.
“It kind of takes a different dynamic, when you’re looked up to that much by your teammates,” Nelson said. “You really have to be an example on and off the field. I took it seriously and I really tried to help mentor the younger guys and really just be an overall role model.”
He has been on the team for the past three years now, but this was the first year that he stayed in town over the summer to work on his playing. There he was able to play against other school like Western Oregon University and Portland State University, which showed him what it meant to be in a college team.
“Just being here and being around the guys was great,” Nelson said. “ Working out with them, working with the quarterbacks to get the timing down and playing that level of competition made a big difference. I had to learn how to step up and those are pretty invaluable experiences.”
With the additional training, Nelson wants to help bring the team closer to their goal if winning the national championship this year. After ended last season with a “sour taste in their mouths” he is just putting in that extra effort to help get them there.
“I just want to continue improving,” Nelson said. “I’m not that big on stats, I’m more about the team. I want to contribute more and more, every game if I can. Just doing the little things right and doing whatever I can to get us were we want to go.”
When he isn’t on the field practicing, Nelson is studying towards in double major of finance and economics with a minor of sports management. He knew from the start that he wanted to do something in the field of science or business since his mom is a nurse and his father is in business. When he arrived at Linfield he found his calling in an economics class.
“Throughout the course I just got really interested in economics and through that then finance,” Nelson said. “I like understanding how things work and economics for me just really explains a lot about how the world works. I find that really interesting.”
He doesn’t however take these opportunities for granted. He knows first hand that not everyone has the chance to do what they want. His youngest brother, Christian, has autism. Nelson hangs up his cleats to bond with his brother over computers, technology and playing video games, which Christian always “destroys” Nelson in. More than anything else, Nelson accounts Christian for shaping his life.
“It just makes me really thankful for the gifts I have,” Nelson said. “I don’t take it for granted that I can play college football or anything like that, because I can see directly in my family someone who will never have the opportunity. It’s just something that has really influenced me as a person.”
Nelson is looking forward to the rest of the season and the couple of years he has left at Linfield. When he first came to the campus on a tour, he knew it was the place for him.
“For me it was really about the people,” Nelson said. “I looked at a lot of different places, because I played football at a bunch of different places. Here between the coaches and the players that I met, I just felt like this was a place where I could come and I know would improve as a football player and a person and a student. That’s really been the case.”
By Stephanie Hofmann/sports editor
Stephanie Hofmann/sports editor
Wide receiver junior Colin Nelson has played football since the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. Nelson has used what he learned in his life, on and off the field.