Oregon Small School Rankings: Linfield Still Number 1, Western Oregon Wins 5th-Straight

Linfield remains in the top spot in this week’s Oregon Small School rankings after defeating George Fox University 24-0, their lowest margin of victory of the season while Western Oregon Football continue their winning ways with their fifth-straight game Saturday afternoon.

Let’s see how the other schools faired this week:

1(1)Linfield College (7-0, 5-0 NWC)- The Division-III Number one team with the Wildcats’ continued their winning ways with a 24-0 victory over George Fox University, Linfield’s lowest winning margin of the 2015 season.

2.(2) Southern Oregon University (7-1, 7-1 Froniter)—The NAIA 2nd-Ranked Raiders dropped 56 points on Rocky Moutain College Saturday as they now turn their focus to the NAIA 10th-ranked Montana Tech this upcoming Saturday.

  1. (3)Western Oregon (6-3, 4-1 Great Northwest)- The Wolves squeaked out a 17-14 victory over Azusa Pacific Saturday for their fifth-straight victory.

4.(4) Pacifc (5-3, 3-2 NWC)-  The Boxers dropped a 50-33 scoring affair to Whitworth yesterday as Pacific’s defense allowed at least 10 points in each quarter of the loss.  Warner Shaw threw three touchdowns to two interceptions and Bronson Barretto rushed for 107 yards.

5.(5) George Fox (3-5, 1-4 NWC)-  The Bruins struggled to get onto the scoreboard against a tough Linfield team, but their defense limited the Wildcats to 24 total points as John Scaffer rushed for 108 yards on the Linfield’s defense.

  1. (6) Eastern Oregon (3-6, 3-5 Frontier)- The Mountaineers “Road Warrior” trip ended 1-1 as they loss to 10th-ranked Montana Tech 42-24. Zach Bartlow threw for 395 yards, a career high, with three touchdowns. Senior Linebacker Gary Posten tallied 10 tackles, seven solo, one fumble recovery and an interception.
  2. (7) Willamette (2-5, 2-3 NWC)- There were no rallies from behind in the Bearcats 49-14 win over Lewis and Clark Saturday that included a 42-0 streak that started in the second quarter when the game was still tied at zero. Ryan Knowlton threw for four touchdowns and Taylor Livingston rushed for 143 yards and one score.
  3. (8) Lewis and Clark (0-6, 0-4 NWC)- The Pioneers didn’t score until the fourth quarter against Willamette. A Mike Machado-Bryce Johnson 20-yard connection and an Eric Hawkins one-yard score were the only scores for Lewis and Clark in the game.

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 jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!

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