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Wildcats off bye week, get Whitworth

Doesn’t it feel like the Linfield football team hasn’t played a game in a while?

In truth, it has been almost two weeks, but it feels much longer when you add in that before the No. 3-ranked Wildcats (4-0) beat Pacific Lutheran 31-24 Sept. 29 they had another bye. Basically, Linfield has played one game in the last month.

Linfield plays at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home vs. Whitworth in its homecoming game.

“We’ve been away for a while,” Linfield coach Joseph Smith said. “It’ll be great to get back in the swing of things and have a game. It’s been a while since we’ve played it feels like.

“It gets you out of your rhythm, but it does give you time to get healthy and work on some things, so there are some advantages. I don’t know if it’s a pro or con. It is what it is and we’re done with it.”

Smith did say a positive was that players and coaches got some time to heal up and attend to school, their families and other work.

“They got two weekends, which we never have so that’s nice,” Smith said. “Coaches got yard work done, that kind of stuff. I tried to fix a faucet — emphasize tried. It didn’t work out.”

Smith did admit that the two byes changed how the Wildcats prepared.

“It gets you out of rhythm, and everyone was a little grumpy,” he said. “They want to play. You just want to get in a routine again and get going. Hopefully they were able to get caught up on classes. We’re in this for the long haul and we need to be balancing finals with football.”

Wildcats off bye week, get Whitworth

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