October 19, 2013

Linfield beats Whitworth, secures 58th straight winning season

More news about: Linfield

SPOKANE, Wash. – Fifty-eight consecutive winning seasons.

The number is staggering all by itself. For the Linfield Wildcats, there have been plenty of close calls, near upsets and doomsday predictions through nearly six decades of sustained success.

Saturday at the Whitworth Pine Bowl, Linfield scored the first 31 points on the way to a convincing 51-17 Northwest Conference victory over host Whitworth, pushing its season record to 5-0 and assuring the second-ranked Wildcats of extending their own national all-divisions record to 58 straight seasons with more wins than defeats.

Reserve tailback John Shaffer rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown and the Linfield defense held Whitworth scoreless during the first and fourth quarters, sending a hopeful Family Weekend crowd of 2,070 home unhappy.

Whitworth (2-5, 0-3 NWC) dropped its fifth consecutive contest after a 2-0 start. Yet the Pirates nearly made a game of it with a second-quarter surge fueled by freshman quarterback Ian Kolste, who passed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.

Linfield punched across touchdowns on its first two drives, producing matching 1-yard runs by tailback Josh Hill and quarterback Josh Yoder for a 14-0 lead 11½ minutes into the game. A 43-yard field goal by Josh Repp on the second play of the second quarter, coupled with Yoder's 6-yard toss in the end zone to tight end Jacob Priester less than three minutes later pushed Linfield in front 24-0.

And by the time 10 more seconds had elapsed, the Wildcats were celebrating yet another touchdown after a bad snap squirted away from Kolste and dribbled into the end zone. Lineman KeAlii Poomaihealani pounced on it, turning the game into what looked like a runaway rout. As Repp's extra point made it 31-0 with 12:06 left before intermission, the Whitworth faithful were left to wonder how large the margin might grow before the final buzzer.

Yet Kolste and the Pirates kept fighting. The lanky righthander tossed a 30-yard missile to Devon Lind less than three minutes later. Then Kyler Gracey added a 30-yard field goal with 23 seconds to go before the break, cutting the margin to 31-10.

A timely 36-yard kickoff return by Linfield freshman Spencer Payne spotted the ball at midfield and the Wildcats refused to take a knee to end the half. Instead, Yoder lofted a 28-yard alley-oop ball to Colin Nelson down the left sideline. That set up Repp for a 43-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar, making it a four-possession game once more.

Linfield was less than efficient to begin the third quarter, going three-and-out, then giving up an interception to Casey Monahan on its next possession that placed the ball at the Linfield 8-yard line. Three plays later, Kolste found Dustin Martin for a touchdown, reducing the lead to 17 points with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

Whitworth would not score again. The Linfield defense stiffened and the offense began to produce, starting with Repp's third field goal of the game, a 26-yarder, with 2:30 remaining in the period. Shaffer and backup quarterback Matt Yarbrough added fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns to clinch the road win and secure the program's 58th winning season in a row.

Yoder's statistics were pedestrian by his usual standards as the senior completed 12 of 28 passes for 189 yards and one TD. In addition to the third-period interception – Linfield's lone turnover of the game – the Wildcats allowed Yoder to be sacked three times.

Despite the losses in yardage, Yoder managed 50 yards rushing on 16 carries. Yarbrough gained another 57 yards, 53 of it on a touchdown scamper, helping the Wildcats pile up 219 yards on the ground and 408 total yards for the day.

Colin Nelson caught three passes for 75 yards and David Sigler had three receptions for 46 yards.

Defensively, Dominique Forrest recorded eight tackles, five of which were solo, and Kyle Wright added seven more stops. Jeremy Girod, Mike Nardoni and Michael MacClanathan all contributed five tackles. Poomahealani and MacClanathan were each credited with 1½ sacks.

'CAT SCRATCH: With its sixth straight win over the Pirates, Linfield improved its all-time series record with Whitworth to 32-5-2. . . the Wildcats won for the 34th consecutive time in the regular season while extending their conference reign to 28 straight NWC wins. . . Whitworth was limited to 237 yards, equal to the Wildcats' season average for total yards allowed of 240.8. . . the Pirates netted just 36 yards rushing on 37 carries, the third Linfield opponent to gain fewer than 50 yards on the ground.

COMING UP: Linfield returns to Maxwell Field for a Family Weekend matchup against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Live audio coverage starts at 1 o'clock.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 11: All times Eastern
Final
at SUNY-Maritime 31, Massachusetts Maritime 30
Box Score Recap Recap
Sep. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Worcester State 30, at WPI 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Fitchburg State 21, Curry 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Springfield 41, at Mass-Dartmouth 20
Box Score
Final
TCNJ 17, at FDU-Florham 13
Sep. 13: All times Eastern
Final
Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Buffalo State 60, at Manchester 32
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Montclair State 7, at Salve Regina 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 58, Nichols 0
Box Score
Final
Alfred 34, at RPI 31
Box Score Recap
Final
Brockport State 17, at Cortland State 14
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mount Ida 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Bridgewater State 29, at William Paterson 20
Box Score
Final
Rowan 31, at Framingham State 21
Box Score
Final
at MIT 38, Becker 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Western New England 17, Westfield State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Stevenson 7, at King's 0
Final
Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muhlenberg 42, Franklin and Marshall 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 28, McDaniel 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Norwich 10, at St. Lawrence 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Elmhurst 33, at Olivet 27
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Widener 45, at Lebanon Valley 3
Final
at Adrian 40, Carthage 14
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Juniata 38, Dickinson 35
Box Score
Final
at Randolph-Macon 48, Averett 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trine 28, Millikin 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wilkes 41, Misericordia 7
Final
at Ursinus 31, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Utica 23, at Union 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Concordia (Mich.) 23, Anderson 18
Box Score
Final
Morrisville State 43, at Hartwick 40
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
N.C. Wesleyan 27, at Lincoln (Pa.) 0
Box Score
Final
Greenville 44, at Minnesota-Morris 9
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
Box Score
Final
Capital 54, at Earlham 20
Box Score
Final
Emory and Henry 14, at Maryville (Tenn.) 13
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
Box Score
Final
Centre 34, at Defiance 7
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hope 37, Augustana 27
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Waynesburg 35, St. Vincent 24
Final
Millsaps 30, at Mount St. Joseph 22
Box Score
Final
Oberlin 47, at Kenyon 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Baldwin Wallace 32, Bluffton 20
Box Score
Final
at Simpson 22, UW-River Falls 6
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Scholastica 41, at Iowa Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity International 49, Wisconsin Lutheran 22
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 55, at Concordia (Wis.) 45
Box Score Photos
Final
at Sewanee 21, Washington and Lee 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Carleton 40, Knox 14
Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Lake Forest 9
Box Score Recap
Final
Luther 20, at St. Olaf 3
Box Score Photos
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 30, Buena Vista 9
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Texas Lutheran 37, at Hardin-Simmons 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Ripon 24, Rockford 14
Box Score
Final
at Beloit 27, Grinnell 23
Box Score
Final
at Carroll 34, Benedictine 6
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern 27, Sul Ross State 20
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at MacMurray 42, Martin Luther 36
Box Score Recap
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 34, at Crown 13
Box Score
Final
Northwestern (Minn.) 48, at Eureka 16
Box Score Recap
Final
Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
Box Score
Final
at Occidental 34, Puget Sound 32
Box Score Photos
Final
at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Coast Guard 42, Merchant Marine 31
Box Score Recap
Final
Maine Maritime 42, at Anna Maria 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Howard Payne 27, at Wayland Baptist 21
Final
at UW-Stout 21, Loras 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alcorn St. 52, Louisiana College 10
Final
Rochester 35, at Alfred State 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 30, at Whittier 17
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Willamette 34, Trinity (Texas) 10
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at LaGrange 28, Berry 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Geneva 42, Grove City 0
Box Score
Final
Washington and Jefferson 56, at Westminster (Pa.) 21
Box Score
Final
at Alma 31, North Park 7
Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 20, at Shenandoah 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Bridgewater (Va.) 43, Greensboro 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Guilford 52, Methodist 20
Box Score
Final - 3OT
at Rose-Hulman 74, Illinois College 68
Box Score Recap Recap Photos Photos
Final
Bethany 45, at Thiel 24
Final
at Hiram 37, Denison 26
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John's 31, at UW-Eau Claire 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Huntingdon 29, Birmingham-Southern 12
Box Score
Final
at Rhodes 46, Washington U. 22
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chicago 38, Concordia-Chicago 0
Box Score
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Monmouth 28, at Central 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hendrix 24, Bacone 14
Box Score
Final
at East Texas Baptist 43, Austin 27
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 23, Macalester 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Coe 50, at Cornell 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Lawrence 59, Maranatha Baptist 0
Final
La Verne 47, at George Fox 33
Box Score
Final
at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 36, Lewis and Clark 14
Box Score
Final
Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Sep. 13: All times Eastern
Final
Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
Box Score
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
Box Score Photos
Final
Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
Box Score
Final
at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
Box Score Photos
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
Box Score

What We're Reading