It came down to the last drive of the last regular-season game of the year, but Whitworth showed why its players and coaches believed that this team had the potential to unseat Linfield and capture the Northwest Conference title.
Each lineman has a story that, collated with the others, makes the development of the line nothing short of spectacular. “Our right tackle (Dillon Helle) didn’t start in high school,” Sandberg said. “Our two guards (Jake McCabe and Jake Trost) were fullbacks and tight ends the last two years.”
Whitworth quarterback Austin Ewing completed 15-of-19 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Pirates' 59-7 Northwest Conference win over Willamette on Saturday. Even with those gaudy numbers, he was overshadowed by Pirates' defensive and special-teams units that came up with four touchdowns of their own.