Posted by Eric Evenson
10 Minutes until kickoff: Senior Day festivities are getting wrapped up here on an overcast Saturday at Linfield’s Maxwell Field. Great opportunity for the Wildcats this afternoon, looking to finish off an undefeted regular season.
Pregame Thoughts: With an undefeated regular season on the line, don’t expect a letdown for a very fresh Linfield team. After grinding their way through an unimpressive win against Puget Sound two weekends ago, the ‘Cats are coming off a bye week. Sitting at 3-2 in the Northwest Conference, PLU will need its passing attack to click on all cylindars in order to trip the Wildcats. The Lutes average 278 yards of passing per contest and in many ways are a one dimensional offense. That one dimension better be on fire if it’s going to beat a motivated Linfield squad.
14:53: Taylor Skore runs it back to the 40 yard-line and we are underway.
14:14: Aaron Boehme hits Russell Sells for a first down into PLU territory.
12:55 Aaron Williams with a 17-yard rush down to the PLU 21. Boehme spreads them out with a five-wide set and hits Sells for a gain of eight, down to the PLU 13
11:50: Bryan Meumiller with the interception. The pass hit off Sells straight into the air, allowing Meumiller to make the easy pick.
10:56: Jordan Rasmussen runs for five yards to the PLU 35, good enough to move the chains.
8:30 : Lutes face a third and four from the Linfield 43 yard-line. Linfield holds and PLU will punt.
7:59: Linfield will have a lot of field in front of the it, after the PLU punt was downed at the Linfield one yard-line.
7:51. So much for running the ball out of the end zone. Boehme bombs it to Trevor Patterson for a gain for 43 yards.
6:10: Fourth and one at the 27….Williams runs it down to the 15. First down ‘Cats
3:46: Touchdown Wildcats! Boehme hits Buddy Saxon for an eight-yard touchdown pass. 7-0 Linfield.
1:25: With a sack Linfield forces and three and out. First and ten Linfield at its own 40 yard line.
End of the first quarter: 7-0 Linfield. The ‘Cats will face a fourth-and-one on its own 49-yard line.
14:44: First down Linfield on a two-yard run by Taylor Avritt.
13:38: Boehme connects with Gunnar Cederberg for 27 yards down to the PLU 14
11:37: Boehme finds Chris Saunders on first-and-goal for the score. Linfield leads 13-0 after the ‘Cats fail to convert the extra point.
9:30: PLU is working on a pretty nice drive and will face and second-and-two from its own 49. Sure enough, the Lutes move the chains to the Linfield 44.
7:47: First down on a third and three to Greg Ford. A late hit from Jaymin Jackson puts the ball on the Linfield 10. First and goal for the Lutes.
6:52: Touchdown Lutes. Rasmussen hits Cody Pohren for an eight-yard touchdown conversion. 13-7.
4:57: First down Wildcats. Boehme hits Patteron for 27 yards down to the PLU 29.
3:45: Touchdown Wildcats. Williams scores on an 11-yard run. 20-7 ‘Cats.
2:44: And the ‘Cats score again. An 22-yard interception return for a touchdown from Alex Tkachuk. 27-7 Linfield. That may just be the dagger. A three-score deficit is a lot to overcome against the kind of offense Linfield features.
30 seconds: Linfield ball at the PLU 27-yard line. Saxon has three catches on the drive .
24 seconds: Out of the timeout Boehme hits Patterson for a 27-yard touchdown. 34-7 Linfield.
13 seconds: Paul Nishizaki forces a fumble and it is recovered by Eric Hedin. Linfield has the ball with seven seconds left on the PLU 16-yard line.
2 seconds: Touchdown to Patterson….41-7. Goodnight.
Halftime: With a playoff game upcoming, look for the backups to see the field in the second half. Don’t expect to see Boehme in the second half.
15:00: Boehme is still out there to start the first drive of the half.
12:58: The ‘Cats add on with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Chris Slezak. 48-7 Linfield.
3:12 : Rasmussen hits Drew Griffin for a 13-yard score. 48-14 Linfield.
15:00: Cole Bixenman is into the game for the ‘Cats. He played much of the third quarter.
9:52: Touchdown Bryan B0rgmeier from Cole Bixenman. PLU scored minutes ealier. 55-21.
7:46: After the Lutes recover the onsides kick, Josh Ness makes the interception to seal this baby up.
Winning Thoughts: Linfield did what they had to do. Boehme was great again for the ‘Cats. Going into the playoffs you have to feel good about rolling in with a quarterback of his ability and with his leadership. At the end of the day no one got hurt. The last thing you need is a major injury going into the postseason.