By Jeremy McDonald
Linfield has fully taking over the number one spot in this week’s Oregon Small College Rankings as Southern Oregon dropped to second place.
The Wildcats defeated Willamette University 49-7, sealing their 60th, yes 60th-consecutive winning season dating back to 1956. Southern Oregon, for the second week in a row, went on for an overtime thriller at home against Carroll, handing the Fighting Saints their second consectiuve loss; twice by a Oregon school
1(T-1)Linfield College (5-1, 3-0 NWC)- The Wildcats used a 28-point third quarter that featured two defensive scores, a interception for a score by Mitchell Kekel and a fumble score by Asa Schwartz to go along with a Spencer Payne rushing score and a Sam Riddle to Eric Igbinoba as Linfield turned a 7-0 halftime lead to a 35-0 lead by the end of the third quarter versus Willamette.
2.(T-1) Southern Oregon University (5-1, 5-1 Froniter)—We expected Carroll College to battle the Raiders following the upset loss to Eastern Oregon last Saturday. But once again, it came down to a Southern Oregon defensive stand
- (4)Western Oregon (3-3, 2-1 Great Northwest)- The Wolves dueled and sparred with Central Washington University Saturday as Western Oregon grabbed the 35-28 victory. The Wolves had 213 yards rushing, 131 coming from Malik Braxton. Phillip Fenumiai threw for two scores as well in the win
4.(3) George Fox (3-3, 1-2 NWC)- The Bruins found themselves in a dogfight with Pudget Sound in Saturday’s Northwest Conference matchup. George Fox battled back from a 24-0 deficit to cut it to 30-21 by halftime. Down 43-21 with 10:25 left in the game, Grant Schoroedor would bring his team within one score and a two-point conversion of tying Pudget but couldn’t complete the comeback as the Bruins feel 43-35.
5.(3) Pacifc (4-2, 2-1 NWC)- The Boxers responded well following their 77-10 lost to Linfield College last Sautday as Warner Shaw went 14-18 for 239 yards and four touchdowns in the 49-28 victory over winless Lewis and Clark. Bronso Barretto added another two scores as the Boxers rallied off 42 straight points after a early score by the Pioneers.
- (6) Eastern Oregon (2-5, 2-4 Frontier)- The Mountaineers had a great game last Saturday versus Carroll College entering Saturday’s game versus Montana State University-Western. Leading by one with a little over two minutes left, a punt return by the Lights proved to be the game winner in the 30-23 MSU-Western win. Jace Billingsley had 92 yards rushing with one score and even threw for another for Eastern Oregon.
- (7) Willamette (1-4, 1-2 NWC)- Following their first win of the 2015 campaign last week versus Pacific Lutheran, the Bearcats entered the buzzsaw that was Linfield college. Defensive played well in the first half and Willamette found themselves down 7-0 at the half. However, two turnovers for scores proved to be the spark as the Wildcats went on a 35-7 run to end the game in the second half. The lone ‘Cats score came by a Jack Valencia 50-yard scamper on the ground in the fourth quarter.
- (8) Lewis and Clark (0-5, 0-3 NWC)- The Pioneers scored three times in the fourth quarter in a 49-28 loss to Pacific. Lewis and Clark’s Niko Fortino started the game 6-for-6 with a score to Dejoure Williams to take a 7-0 lead. Williams would score both of the Pioneers passing scores Saturday.
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!