October 20, 2012

No. 3 Linfield blanks Lewis & Clark for 23rd straight NWC win

More news about: Linfield

PORTLAND, Ore. – Tailback John Shaffer rushed for three scores and three quarterbacks tossed touchdown passes for No. 3 Linfield, which thumped Lewis & Clark 63-0 Saturday at Griswold Stadium.

The lopsided win, coupled with Northwest Conference co-leader Willamette's loss to Pacific Lutheran, enabled the Wildcats to assume sole possession of first place in the conference standings. Three-time defending champion Linfield extended its conference win streak to 23 straight games while ringing up the most one-sided game in a series that dates to 1901.

Lewis & Clark (4-3, 1-3 NWC) spun its wheels offensively for much of the game, generating just 207 yards, including 42 rushing. Wildcats defensive back Hoku Kama totaled a team-high seven tackles, tackle Marq Randall had six stops, including a sack, and end Brynnan Hyland brought constant pressure, racking up a pair of sacks among his five total tackles.

Rolling up 534 yards with just 69 plays, the Wildcats scored seemingly at will, the only blemishes coming by way of three lost fumbles.

Freshman reserve Tavon Willis rushed for a game-high 59 yards while Shaffer finished with 38 yards on eight carries. Linfield quarterbacks completed 24-of-37 passes and three touchdowns without an interception. Starter Mickey Inns passed for 265 yards in two quarters of action. His backup, Josh Yoder, went 4-for-5 for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Mosterback Kyle Wright opened the scoring with a 75-yard punt return up the right sideline at the 9-minute mark of the first quarter. Shaffer then reeled off three rushing touchdowns in an 11-minute span, scoring from 14, 3 and 8 yards out.

The Wildcats made it 35-0 on a 3-yard TD catch by Charlie Poppen from Inns with 7:11 to go in the second quarter. The short pass play was set up by a 30-yard interception by Colin Forman that spotted the ball at the L&C 3-yard line.

Linfield pushed the game out of reach on the final drive of the first half. Inns marched the Wildcats 52 yards to the Pioneers' 27 before launching a Hail Mary to Lucas Jepson for the sixth touchdown of the half as time expired.

The 'Cats outgained the Pioneers 319-59 in the first two quarters. L&C star quarterback Keith Welch was ineffective, completing just 4 of 16 throws for 50 yards.

After liberally inserting substitutes to begin the second half, Linfield continued its scoring spree, reaching the end zone in each of its first three drives.

Yoder rushed for a 4-yard score, then threw 15 yards to Evan Peterson for another, pushing the Linfield advantage to 56-0. Mikkel Smythe provided the final points, scoring on an 8-yard run with 1:25 left in the quarter.

Charlie Poppen led Linfield receivers with five catches for 41 yards. Lucas Jepson, David Sigler and Deidre Wiersma each caught three balls for the Wildcats, who completed 65 percent of their passes on the afternoon.

'CAT SCRATCH: Linfield's 63-point margin of victory eclipsed the record 55-point spreads of 1999 and 2007. . . Linfield leads the all-time series 58-17-1 including 34 straight victories over Lewis & Clark. . . Saturday's estimated attendance was 2,000. . . Lewis & Clark held the ball for 40 of the game's 60 minutes yet came away scoreless. . . the Pioneers netted minus-7 yards rushing in the opening two quarters. . . L&C was forced to punt eight times in the first half while Linfield attempted just one punt. . . the Wildcats were penalized 12 times for 106 yards. . . Wright's 75-yard punt return stands as the third-longest in program history. . . assistant coach Brandon Hazenberg holds the school record with a 92-yard return in 2004.

NEXT: The Wildcats head back to Maxwell Field for a showdown with NWC co-leader Willamette in a game that will go a long ways toward determining the 2012 conference champion. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Audio
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
Preview Video
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
Video
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
Video
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Video Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Preview Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Audio
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
Live Stats Video Audio
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Preview Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading