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Senior quarterback Aaron Boehme racked up 311 all-purpose yards with four touchdowns, and senior tailback Simon Lamson rushed a career-high 100 yards with another two scores. Lamson, who sat out for the majority of the 2009 season because of a broken collarbone, was elated at the end result.
“My dad always told me things happen for a reason,” Lamson said. “To be able to battle back this season and set some marks I have been working for — it really makes me appreciate the process I went through.”
The offense and defense had opportunities to dominate the ball early. On the Loggers’ opening drive, junior defenseman Kalae’ Parish snatched a pass from Puget Sound senior quarterback Duncan White. On the following Linfield drive, Boehme rocketed 26 yards from scrimmage and into the UPS end zone for a score. The point-after kick was blocked to leave the score at 6-0.
Overall, the Wildcat defense intercepted Puget Sound quarterbacks six times and picked up four sacks.
“We felt like we had a few mismatches on the line,” senior defensive end Eric Hedin said. “We took full advantage exploiting that weakness and letting them playing into our hands.”
With the second quarter just 1 minute old, sophomore kicker Josh Kay added a chip-shot 27 yard field goal, Boehme found senior receiver Chris Slezak 37 yards downfield for a score, and Lamson picked up his first touchdown on a 1-yard dash into the end zone.
“The win against UPS was a statement game,” Lamson said. “I have to credit every yard I earned to my offensive line. They opened up running lanes and really dominated the line of scrimmage for four quarters.”
The second quarter played out much like the first. White was intercepted twice, once by junior rover Kole Kreiger and once by junior cornerback Nate Dixon. Both turnovers led to Linfield scores, the first on another run by Boehme in which he hurdled a defender en route to the end zone, and the second Lamson’s final score.
At the half, the Wildcats were on top 35-0.
“It feels really good to be gelling again like we did last season,” Dixon said. “We knew we could be good if we worked extremely hard, and that’s what we have done throughout spring and fall camp and are continuing to do so now. Our coaches put in a lot of time with our defense, and our success has a lot to do with their effort.”
Boehme and the offensive starters would see only one more series of action before heading to the bench for some much-needed rest, and it still yielded a touchdown on a 33-yard strike to junior receiver Deidre Wiersma. Senior Taylor Avritt and sophomore Steven Nasca added touchdowns for the ’Cats in mop-up time.
Senior backup quarterback Cole Bixenman had a pass picked and returned 80 yards for a score, and backup Puget Sound junior quarterback George Ka’ai lobbed a short scoring pass in the final minutes to round out the final margin at 55-14.
The ’Cats return home on Oct. -16 to battle Pacific University in the annual Homecoming game at 1 p.m. Pacific, which has not had a football program in almost 20 years, is still looking for its first win and isn’t likely to spring an upset. Nevertheless, the Wildcats continue to improve and prepare for their next opponent.
“It’s just another game to get better and improve on doing the little things right,” Hedin said. “Doing the common things in an uncommon manner.”
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Emily Fellows is in her rookie year at Linfield and is rapidly making a name for herself on the women’s soccer team.
She has earned the Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week for the third time this year.
“I feel really good about all the success we have been having this season,” Fellows said. “It shows how we have prepared ourselves up to this point.”
The women’s soccer team stands in third place in the Northwest Conference after the
women defeated Willamette University on Bearcat turf Oct. 13. The Wildcats won 4-0, and Fellows scored two of the goals, which brought her 17-goal record up to 19.
She comes from Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Ore., where she earned varsity letters in soccer all four years there. While at Jesuit, Fellows was a two-time second team all-metro league selection, and she was on the first team all-metro league honors. She also earned second team all-state honors.
Fellows played for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club on the Dynasty throughout the off-season in high school.
“I have basically been playing my entire life,” Fellows said. “I can’t even remember a time when I wasn’t playing.”
She has earned the starting position as a freshman.
She said she began playing club soccer when she was 10 years old. She started at defense, but then she moved up to the midfield. Since seventh grade, she has been in the forward position.
“I have learned a lot about the game and other aspects of playing [since being at Linfield],” she said.
“The next three years, I just hope that we can become more successful each year and hopefully make it to playoffs,” she said about her ambitions for the team in the future.
For someone who has the game all figured out, she has yet to decide on a major.
“I am deciding between athletic training or education,” Fellows said.
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and Willamette universities. UPS and Whitworth University are the top-ranked teams in the conference. Linfield sits in the third position.
“We didn’t play as well as we’d hoped to,” senior midfielder Rennika Doty said about the Puget Sound game.
Freshman forward Emily Fellows scored Linfield’s only goal off of a free kick, and at the half, the score was tied 1-1. But the Wildcats lost their momentum during the second half of the game. Puget Sound scored two goals within the last 15 minutes of game play to win 3-1.
As for its game against George Fox University, the team played up to its potential.
Before the game, the coach changed up the field formation. Despite the change, the team pulled together to beat the Bruins 2-0, with goals from Fellows and sophomore midfielder Anna Sours.
During the weekend, Fellows scored her 17th goal of the season, which broke Linfield’s 16-goal season record that was set by Kathleen Wochnick, class of ’05, in 2003.
The Wildcats competed against Willamette on Oct. 13. With strong performances from Fellows, freshman defender
Christine Tamamoto and senior midfielder Emily Grachek, the Wildcats conquered the game with a 2-0 lead at the half and a final score of 4-0.
“We dominated every aspect of the game,” Doty said. “It was fun to see all of our hard work pay off.”
Senior midfielder Sara Blake had simliar thoughts.
“We dominated,” she said. “They had two shots on goal the whole game. We kept the ball really well. I feel really good about yesterday’s game. We connected really well as a whole and from that we got the result we wanted. It felt good to win at their place.”
As for the rest of the season, the ’Cats plan to reach their goal: first place in the Northwest Conference.
“It’s within our capability to win conference,” Doty said. “But it’s definitely going to be a fight.”
“We have very high expectations,” she said. “We are taking every game as it comes and focusing on what we need to do to be successful.”
Senior forward Brittany Willis had an assist to Grachek for her first goal of the season against Willamette and explained what the Wildcats have been doing to prepare for the ending weeks of the
“We come out to practice everyday with the mentality of wanting to get better,” Willis said. “We focus on the little things we know will win us games. We’ve worked really hard this year to prove to people that we should be at the top and that means winning one game at a time.”
This weekend, the Wildcats take on the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers at noon on Oct. 16 in Portland and the Pacific University Boxers at noon on Oct. 17 at home.
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Hey ’Cats. Once again I’ll be traveling to Duck-land for another column about Chip Kelly and the boys down in Eugene.
But rather than talking about the team, I want to focus on Oregon’s small wonder: its leading running back, the sparkplug of their offense and one of the nation’s leading Heisman Trophy candidates: LaMichael James.
More specifically, this is why I think this is the year we’ll finally see a player wearing green and yellow hoist the ol’ stiff arm later in the fall.
That’s right haters; not only do I think that James will win the Heisman this year, but I’m also willing to spend an entire column outlining, in statistic-based academic terms, why I think he’s a lock to finish first.
I’ve come up with criteria that I believe are the most critical things each candidate needs to fulfill in order to win. In no particular order, they are:
• The candidate must continue to play up numbers consistent with the first half of the season’s output.
• The candidate must have a “Heisman moment” game
• The candidate must play for a nationally ranked team.
• The candidate’s team must not be in the Western Athletic Conference.
• The candidate’s team must continue to win.
• The candidate must be a significant part of that victory.
The top five Heisman candidates are Kellen Moore of Boise State, Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State, James of Oregon, Cameron Newton of Auburn and Denard Robinson of Michigan. For the sake of space, I’m only going to address the first three candidates, in no particular order, and show you why James is a shoo-in to win this season.
In my opinion, Pryor is the only guy poised to challenge James for the trophy this season. He’s put up great numbers so far — to the tune of 1,349 yards, 15 touchdowns and only three picks, and also got it done with his feet, racking up 354 yards and 3 TDs.
However, he’s got gimpy knees (torn posterior crucial ligament at the end of last season that stuck around for a while … ask Dennis Dixon), and Ohio State has a tough schedule ahead. This weekend the Buckeyes are on the road against No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 15 Iowa later in the season.
Also, don’t ever count out Michigan to spring the upset; its rivalry is one of the great ones, and it’s always a toss-up.
Pryor also has yet to turn in a dominating performance against a tough opponent. (Ohio State always front-loads with patsies early in the season.) He may have one yet, but I don’t see it happening.
And of course there’s Kellen Moore. The guy is having a killer season. His TD to interception ratio is 14-1, his team is ranked No. 3 in the country, and it doesn’t look like BSU is going to lose any time soon.
But none of this can dissuade me from the notion that a quarterback playing in the Western Athletic Conference is incapable of winning the Heisman.
I’m sorry Boise lovers, but your conference sucks. Boise may win by 50 points every single game, and Moore may pile up 250 yards or more a game, but it’s against New Mexico, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech. Any moderately talented quarterback could rack up ridiculous numbers and lead his team to a BCS bowl as long as he had at least a decent supporting cast behind him.
BSU just doesn’t have the weight in major voting because its strength of schedule is one of the poorest in the nation.
That brings us to James. He’s picked up a solid 848 yards (second in the nation) and eight touchdowns this season while leading the nation with 169.6 per game. He shows no signs of slowing down and has stayed completely healthy so far. Plus, Oregon has only Arizona and Oregon State left to get through, and Arizona showed just how porous its defense is in a loss last weekend to the Beavers.
The OSU game is always a trap, especially in Corvallis, Ore. but with James Rodgers out for the rest of his senior season, this one is going to be a cakewalk for a Duck defense smothers teams in the second half.
But above all else, James put on a clinic in the game against Stanford, picking up 257 yards and three scores — both career bests.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a Heisman moment, and when you consider that the last three Heisman winners have all been sophomores, it’s almost eerie how serendipitous this season seems to be for James. All the Ducks have to do is keep winning, and LaHeisman will be carrying the stiff arm to Eugene come December.
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At the halfway point of the conference season, Linfield is in third place with a 5-3 record. Coach Shane Kimura said this record comes after hard work and winning tough matches. He said he is pleased with where his team stands but also that he knows the road ahead is going to be tough.
“We have a winning record for the first half, so that is good,” he said. “[During] the second half of the season, we are going to be on the road more than we will be at home, which will be a good test for us.”
The final two games of the first half of the conference season took place Oct. 9 and 10. The first match was against the George Fox University Bruins. Linfield jumped ahead quickly, winning the first two games.
With two games under their belts, the ’Cats’ match resembled an Oct. 2 game against Whitworth in which Linfield won the opening two games and dropped the following three. But the ’Cats finished strong this time. They completed the three-game sweep with a 25-21 game three victory. It was the first time during the season that Linfield won a match in three straight games.
Junior defensive specialist Kelsey Franklin said that attitude was the key to finishing off the match.
“You can’t let them think that they have a chance to win,” she said. ”Each set you have to come back stronger or the other team will take the momentum.”
With its first sweep behind them, the team’s attention shifted to the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes, one of the top-ranked teams in the conference.
The Wildcats were slow out of the gate, losing the first match 25-15, but gave a strong response in the second game.
With the score tied at 22, Linfield reeled off three consecutive points to take the second game 25-22. Following the Linfield run, PLU hit its stride. They took the next two matches, 25-18 and 25-11, to seal the victory.
Kimura said that he believed the team’s offense was the key to winning the second game and losing the other three.
“In the second game, our ball control was better, and because of that, we hit better,” he said. “ In the games we lost, we didn’t hit the ball well.”
Now the team prepares for their second match against each of their NWC opponents. Freshman Kelsey Ludin said that these matches have a slightly different approach to them.
“We know their tendencies. There are no surprises so that changes things a little,” she said.
Kimura agreed, saying that there will be no surprises during the second round of matches. It is essential for the Wildcats to not beat themselves, he said.
“We know what we are going to see so that won’t be a surprise,” Kimura said. “For us, the key is take care of our side of the net. We just want to be better on our half of the net.”
As Linfield prepares for the second half of the season, both Ludin and Kimura say they understand that they have improvements to make.
“Overall, we just need to play more consistent,” Ludin said. “Our team has great chemistry, and we just need to keep building on that.”
Kimura said he is pleased with the defense so far but that the offense will be the key in the second half of the season.
“Defensively we have been solid,” he said. “On the opposite side, our hitting percentage is not very high, and we are working to get better at it.”
Linfield plays its next home match against
the Willamete University Bearcats at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.
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