Linfield clinches NWC title
SATURDAY NORTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL
LINFIELD 23, Puget Sound 0
Whitworth 48, LEWIS & CLARK 7
Pacific Lutheran 13, GEORGE FOX 3
Pacific 41, WILLAMETTE 13
• Linfield, ranked seventh and eighth in the NCAA Division III polls, secured the Northwest Conference outright title with its win at home and with George Fox's loss to Pacific Lutheran.
The Wildcats (7-1, 6-0) have won the NWC nine years in a row, the longest streak in league history, and 41 times overall.
This was Linfield's first shutout of 2017. The defense held UPS to 99 yards, 16 on the ground. End Asa Schwartz had four of Linfield's eight sacks.
Wildcats quarterback Wyatt Smith, a freshman, led the team on four second-half scoring drives. He completed 26 of 46 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
Kyle Kimball, whose 41-yard catch gave Linfield a 14-0 lead, finished with nine receptions for 129 yards.
The Loggers fell to 3-5, 2-4 NWC.
• Lewis & Clark dropped its final home game this season at Griswold Stadium, as the Pirates scored touchdowns on four of their first six possessions for a 27-7 halftime edge.
Spencer May, L&C's freshman QB, suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the third quarter, but hit receiver Heisman Hosada with an 11-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Mike Machado took over at !QB and was 8 of 14 passing for 59 yards.
The Pioneers fell to 2-8 overall and 2-6 in the NWC, while Whitworth improved to 7-2, 4-2.
• George Fox slipped to 6-3, 4-2 with its home loss.
PLU climbed to 3-4, 3-3.
The Lutes took an early 7-0 lead with a 68-yard drive.
The Bruins got a field goal of 40 yards by Jason Santoni after Anthony Garcia's 69-yard kickoff return to the PLU 27.
Pacific Lutheran's other scores came on second-quarter field goals.
• Pacific outscored the host Bearcats 28-0 in the second half in snapping a 13-13 halftime tie.
Senior Brandon Boyd ran for two of the second-half touchdowns and wound up with 20 carries for a career-high 184 yards.
Pacific raised its record to 4-3, 4-2, while Willamette fell to 0-8, 0-6.