Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Game 5 Preview: Linfield (3-1) vs Pacific (0-4)

Back to the 'Catdome this Saturday on what the weather forecast is call for a beautiful fall October day. It's going to be a very fun day at the 'Catdome as your Linfield Wildcats host the re-booted program from Forest Grove, the Pacific Boxers. As anyone could understand the Boxers are getting broken in the hard way in their first year back as a program as Pacific has taken a few on the chin. However, by accounts coming into the headquarters is sounds like Pacific is building a solid foundation to a decent program down the road. Even with that promise of a better day dangling as a carrot for PU players and fans, the reality is they are going to have to endure a few years of getting bullied by the establishment of the NWC.

For the 'Cats, this is another opportunity to show themselves and the Linfield faithful that this team is building towards something great. As we have seen the past few weeks when this group is prepared to play and executes on the field they are a force to contend with. Wildcat11's hope is that the players are not taking this week lightly but are working on improving each day out and are ready to execute and play with excitement and emotion on Saturday.

Get To Know A Wildcat

Sparky Gonzalez, #93, Junior - Defensive End

Hometown: Honolulu, Hi.

High School: St. Louis High School

Major: Business Management

Favorite Place in Mac to eat: MUCHAS!!!

Favorite Music: Reggae

Favorite TV Show: Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Sports Center

Favorite Pro Football Team: Not really a die hard fan but I like the Colts, hence the 93.

Class you look forward to the most at Linfield: I dont think Im looking forward to any, but I thought Business Law was pretty interesting

Mac or PC: Mac

What's is your CPU homepage set to: Sadly, it's facebook

Dog or Cat: Dog, I'm allergic to cats

Xbox, PS3, or Wii: PS3

Favorite NWC road trip: Willamette or Lewis & Clark because it doesn't take long to get there

Least Favorite NWC road trip: Whitworth

Favorite Movie that Coach Smith has picked for a bus ride home: Shawshank Redemption

Yes or No on Linfield's All Purple Look: It doesn't matter to me, but I think it'll look better with a black spat

What did you think the first time you saw a squirrel? Hahaha, I can't remember the first time I saw one

You and your friends are in the band "Na Hemo". What feels better, nailing QB on a huge sack or moving the crowd with a song? That's a tough one, it's mutual, but with different feelings. After a sack your all pumped and you wanna get after it, and get your sack dance going and run around and celebrate. When you play for a crowd, you feel the "vibes" as I'd say and you feel that nice groove that you bump to.

Wildcat11's Key To Victory:

Be Ready To Play Linfield Football:  I already mentioned it above but what I'm really interested in seeing is how the 'Cats take on this young opponent.  Are the 'Cats going to half step and get caught with their eyes a little further down the road or is this Linfield team going to come with their game face ready to roll?  In order for this Wildcat team to achieve their goals I think it's vital they prepare for each week with the thought of being a better ball club than the week before and playing to the utmost of their ability.  Let's revisit this on Monday.

Physically own both lines of scrimmage:  There is no excuses for the 'Cats to come out and not try to punish the Boxers upfront on both the offensive and defensive lines.  WC11 wants to see a push from our defensive tackles and bodies being moved by our offensive line. 

Box them up early and often:  If Linfield takes care of the first key then your 'Cats should drop the hammer early and leave the foot down during the 1st half of play.  Let's take care of business and then get the roster some work during the remainder of the game.

Do the little things right:  In a game where the 'Cats are such a heavy favorite I'd love to see Linfield not get content and work on continuing to excel in the little things such as good tackling, pass protection, securing the ball, etc.  Let's keep improving on those aspects this week.

Enjoy the day:  The 'Cats only have 4 regular season home games this year and who knows what kind of weather we'll have later on.  It should be a great crowd, the weather is going to be perfect, and for Linfield fans and players, we're at one our favorite places on this earth....the 'Catdome.  Soak it in, enjoy the day, and GET AFTER THOSE BOXERS!


'Cats by a lot.  If our young men come to play they should control the game from the early going.  I want the offense to make that vermin dance and for the defense to bring the wood for a full 60 minutes.  Let's have a great homecoming Linfield!

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