By Jeremy McDonald
Linfield remains in the top spot in this week’s Oregon Small School rankings after an sound win over Whitworth to remain unbeaten in 2015. Southern Oregon is nipping on their heels however after their offense looks like the offense of old after two slow weeks with a 52-10 win over the College of Idaho.
Let’s see how the other schools faired this week:
1(1)Linfield College (6-0, 4-0 NWC)- The Wildcats’ dominance continued Saturday versus Withworth, despite allowing double-figures for just the third time all season Linfield clawed to a 52-10 win behind five passing touchdowns by Sam Riddle.
2.(2) Southern Oregon University (6-1, 6-1 Froniter)—The Raiders offense resembled that of what the Southern Oregon offense has been doing since Austin Dodge took over three years ago at quarterback. After two week’s of just winning games in overtime, the Raiders scored 21 points in two quarters en route to a 63-21 victory Saturday.
- (3)Western Oregon (5-3, 3-1 Great Northwest)- Behind 176 rushing yards by Malik Braxton, the Wolves ended their last road game with a 37-26 victory over Simon Fraiser in Burnaby, British Columbia.
4.(5) Pacifc (5-2, 3-1 NWC)- The Boxers won their second consecutive game with a 29-24 victory over Willamette Saturday. Behind a 20-point second quarter that featured two Bronson Barretto rushing scores, Pacific entered halftime up 23-3 before surviving a Bearcat rally late as Kamana Pimenal’s score with 3:56 left in the game.
5.(4) George Fox (3-4, 1-3 NWC)- The Bruins struggled to find their winning ways in a 28-27 tough loss to Pacific Lutheran. Despite a 353-yard passing performance by Grant Schroeder and Trevor Daniels and Brad Lander both having 100-yard rushing games, the 14-point fourth quarter by the
- (6) Eastern Oregon (3-5, 3-4 Frontier)- In their first of two “Road-Warrior” Games to close out their traveling portion of their schedule, the Moutaineers dominated the MSU-Northern Lights 72-30. Zach Bartley passed for 325 yards, 142 to Calvin Connors, a career-high for the sophomore. Jace Billingsley had 135 on the ground in the victory.
- (7) Willamette (1-5, 1-3 NWC)- Faced with a 23-3 halftime deficit to Paciic, the Bearcats clawed back into the game. Behind a passing score by Ryan Knowlton and rushing scores by Jacob Swilley and Bryan Toles, (Toles finished with 103 rushing yards on the day), Willametter had a 24-23 lead two minutes into the fourth. However, a game-winning score by Kamana Pimenal was the difference maker.
- (8) Lewis and Clark (0-6, 0-4 NWC)- The Pioneers lone score in the 38-7 loss against Pudget Sound was a 72-yard catch and score from Kris Grobecker in the first quarter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!