Linfield hands SOU fourth straight loss in overtime

The Linfield offense and defense made big plays in overtime as the Wildcats came away with a 14-7 overtime victory over Southern Oregon on Saturday in McMinnville.

Linfield improved to 1-1 on the season. The Raiders fell to 1-4 and are now off until they host Western Oregon Oct. 11.

The two teams struggled offensively in regulation and, tied at 7-7, the game went into overtime and the Wildcats took control of the ball first.

Linfield took three plays to get the ball down to the Raider 6-yard line. On a third-and-goal from the SOU 1, Linfield quarterback Cole Franklin battled his way in to the end zone to give the Wildcats a 14-7 lead.

The Raiders began their overtime possession at the Linfield 25-yard line, but senior quarterback Bryan Lee-Lauduski fumbled the snap and Linfield's Paul Nishazaki fell on the football, giving Linfield the victory.

The game was a battle of defenses throughout the night. Linfield finished with 275 yards of total offense and the Raiders finished with 240. The first half was scoreless as both teams missed a field goal attempt in the second quarter. The Raiders got on the board first late in the third quarter as Danny Patenaude made a diving catch on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Lee-Lauduski.

After the two teams traded punts, Linfield opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown of their own on a Simon Lamson 1-yard rush to tie the game.

The Raider defense helped send the game into overtime by making a big defensive play late in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats took over possession of the ball with 10:07 on the clock and methodically marched down the field and had a second-and-goal at the SOU 1-yard line with 1:06 to play when Lamson fumbled the ball into the end zone and Thomas Sandoval fell on it for the Raiders.

Senior running back Marlon Rosales went over 100 yards for the second-straight game, going for 105 yards on 21 carries for the Raiders. Patenaude finished with three catches for 71 yards.

Kevin Harrell and Kenrick Baker led the Raider defensive efforts. Harrell finished with a game-high 13 tackles, while Baker went for nine tackles.

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