Lincoln’s Fourth Quarter Puts Vikings Away

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It was an opening night to remember as the revamped Lincoln Cardinals turned back a tough Midway Viking team 18-6. Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the Lincoln Cardinals fielded just 18 players and their key running back sophomore Ross Johnson  was injured early and senior Levi Betts took over the running duties.
New Head Coach Brad Drehle commented, “Ross Johnson’s injury changed a lot.  We wanted to work Betts in slowly this season. We only had 18 kids so we mixed and matched. Both teams were tired.”
When asked if he missed Devon Parrott, the coach repiled, “A game like this is about field position. A kicker makes all the difference.”
Lincoln would score first in the second quarter on a 12 yard pass play to Betts at the 9:11 mark. The two pointer pass play failed.
Midway would tie things up at 6-6 at 6:36 on a  25 yard pass from 6’3 200 lbs. QB Cole Young to Mason Yahig in the right hand corner. The extra point kick was muffed and the kicker tried to run but was stopped way short of the goal line.
Sophomore Kaleb Mundy intercepted a pass deep and ran it back for a 25 yard gain.
Both teams went with no huddle most of the time.
The third was scoreless after Lincoln called a timeout and made an adjustment to their line and stopped the Vikings threat on the Lincoln 31 yard line.
 In the fourth, Lincoln would complete a nine play drive with a nine yard TD run by QB Kyle Eckhoff on the first play of the quarter. Again, the extra point attempt failed and it was 12-6.
Vikings running back Mason Adams was a thorn in Lincoln’s side all night long. After a Lincoln fumble, All State lineman Gabe Mehrens came up big with a strip sack and recovery. Mehrens later said, “They ran away from me at times but I would cut in and double back to make a play."
Then the icing on the cake came about as sophomore Connor Lynde #10 took off on the left side for a 45 yard run at the 2:30 mark to seal the deal. The PAT failed again.
Eckhoff was 19-45 and 7-16 for 81 yards and one interception.
Betts was 15-78 rushing with 12 tackles and a sack.
John Faulconer was 5-29 rushing.
Emido Linare had 10 tackles.
Coach Drehle added, “Our kids competed. Our line improved as the game went on. Betts played hard and probably had a broken rib.  I am proud of our kids.”
Lincoln will travel to arch rival Windsor this Friday.