Posted by Eric Evenson
Linfield and St. Thomas will kick off in about 10 minutes on what has turned out to be a very nice December day in McMinnville. After facing a very athletic Hardin-Baylor club last weekend, the ‘Cats will have a handful with the big and physical Tommies. Fritz Waldvogel and Ben Wartmen are two of the nation’s most dynamic playmakers at wide reciever and running back. Waldvogel presents the Wildcats another problem that will need to be solved in the return game. He has six returns for touchdowns, tops in the nation. If the ‘Cats can limit the big plays from Waldvogel and Wartmen it could be a long day for the Tommies.
7-0 Linfield. The Wildcats score on a one-yard touchdown run by Simon Lamson. Linfield pinned St. Thomas back at its own one-yard line and forced a punt on a three-and-out. Taylor Skore took gave the ‘Cats a short field with a good return.
14-0 Linfield. Lamson scores again from a yard out. Aaron Boehme hit Ryan Henderson earlier in the drive for a 56-yard completion.
14-7 after a score by St. Thomas. Ben Wartman punches it in from 3 yards out.
17-7. Linfield tacks on a 41-yard field goal by Maika Kunioka.
24-7. Patterson scores on a 12-yard pass from Boehme. Linfield has grabbed this game by the throat after a punt block from Drew Fisher.
24-14. The Tommies score with 22 seconds left in the half to make this a game going into the break. Linfield kicked the ball out of bounds on the kickoff, setting up a nice drive by St. Thomas.
24-20: Fritz Waldvogel scores on a touchdown reception. Makes a guy miss and boom we have a game. The PAT is wide right.
31-20: Lamson adds another score with a two-yard touchdown run
Linfield wins it here in McMinnville, improving to 12-0 on the season. On to the semifinals.