For the second straight week, Linfield’s Drew Fisher has been honored as the Northwest Conference Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information directors. This time, he is joined by teammate Josh Kay (Sr., Salem, Ore.), who earned the same honor in the special teams category.
Both ‘Cats had a big hand in Linfield’s 47-14 victory over Lewis & Clark, which secured the program’s third consecutive Northwest Conference championship and NCAA playoff appearance.
Fisher totaled a team-high six tackles to help the No. 5 Wildcats hold the high-octane Lewis & Clark offense – which had averaged 38 points per game entering Saturday’s contest – to just 14 points.
He also had one tackle for loss and an interception, returning the ball 32 yards. Though he lost the ball at the end of the run, his defensive play pushed the Pioneers back to the Linfield 47-yard line from likely scoring position. After recovering the football, Lewis & Clark then went three-and-out and was forced to punt on its final drive of the first half.
On the year, the All-American safety and punt returner leads the ‘Cats in total tackles (57) and interceptions (4). He has recorded nine tackles for loss, including one sack. Fisher is also the team’s leading punt returner, racking up 178 yards on 16 carries (11.1 yards per carry) and one touchdown. This is his third weekly conference honor of the season.
The Linfield defense has held opponents to conference-low averages of 11.7 points and 285.3 yards of total offense per game.
Offensively, Kay was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals and hit all of his point-after attempts against Lewis & Clark. He put the ball between the uprights from 24, 25, 27 and 41 yards out.
On the year, Kay has been nearly flawless on PATs (48 of 49) and has converted 11 of 14 field goals. He leads the conference in total points among kickers – and is second among all players – and also has made the most field goals and extra points of any player in the league. This is Kay's second weekly conference recognition this season.
Like the defensive squad, the Linfield offense also leads the conference in most statistical categories. The ‘Cats average a league-high 41.7 points per game while earning 440.1 yards of total offense, second-most in the NWC.
NEXT: The Wildcats host Cal Lutheran in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for noon Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field. More details about the matchup, including ticket information, can be found here.
Drew Fisher and Josh Kay
Make several big plays against L&C
Director of Sports Information
McMinnville, OR 97128