More than 150 football alumni, several former coaches and hundreds of cheering fans were on hand to celebrate as the Kingsmen took the field in Mt. Clef Stadium for the last time on Nov. 13. The team paid fitting tribute to decades of competition in the stadium as they capped a perfect 6-0 SCIAC season and clinched an outright conference championship with a 24-0 shutout over Occidental College.
CLU opened the season at home with a 47-42 win over then No. 4 Linfield College on Sept 11. Immediately following the victory, the Kingsmen suffered the only loss of their season by a 35-21 margin at Pacific Lutheran University. In their first SCIAC contest two weeks later, CLU blocked a game-winning field goal attempt in the final seconds to outlast University of Redlands, 24-22.
Following the three competitive contests, the Kingsmen won their next six by an average score of 35-9. Having already secured a spot in the NCAA Playoffs for the second straight season, the final victory over Occidental gave CLU its second consecutive outright SCIAC title, and marked its first back-to-back league crowns and third title in the past four seasons under head coach Ben McEnroe.
In a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Division III playoffs, the Kingsmen (8-1) traveled to McMinnville, Ore., for first-round play against Linfield (8-1) on Nov. 20, looking to avenge last year’s 38-17 playoff loss. Unfortunately, it was the Wildcats who avenged their season-opening loss with a 42-26 victory over the Kingsmen.
Cal Lutheran finished the season 8-2 and made back-to-back NCAA playoff appearances for the first time in program history.