Posted by Eric Evenson
An interesting storyline for today’s first round playoff game. The Linfield Wildcats, a playoff regular, will take on first-time postseason player in the Cal Lutheran Kingsman. The Wildcats role out one of the nation’s top offensives against a very solid group from down south. It will come down to Linfield’s ability to handle the pressre from Cal Lutheran. The Wildcats have given up only four sacks all year, but will face a tough Cal Lutheran defense that can rush the quarterback with a good deal of success.
Cal Lutheran has a 3-0 lead after taking over deep in Linfield territory. The ‘Cats fumbled the first play from scrimmage, resulting in an early deficit.
Aaron Williams puts the ‘Cats up 7-3 with a touchdown run. One can only guess when the last time was that the Wildcats trailed. That didn’t last for long. Linfield’s zone read offense has looked crisp after a fumble on the first play of the game.
‘Cats up 14-3 after a touchdown to Ryan Henderson. Linfield is clicking on all cylinders in the early going.
24-3 Linfield leads it. A touchdown run from Boehme and a field goal have the ‘Cats in control. Linfield has forced a pair of Cal Lutheran turnovers and are looking to bury the Kingsmen before halftime.
31-3 Linfield. Boehme hits Trevor Patterson for a touchdown pass. Heck of a catch by Trevor, juggling the ball twice before hauling it in.
31-17 at the half. Brian Stuart scores twice for the Kingmens.
First half thoughts: Talk about a game of swings. After rolling off 31 straight points, Linfield gave up a pair of scores at the end of the half. CLU will get the ball to start the half. A score on the first drive would really make this interesting.
38-17 Linfield. Cederberg grabs his second touchdown catch of the day.
And its a final here in McMinnville. Linfield wins it 38-17 and moves on to the second round. Give the game ball to the defense. Great performance!