Lincoln Wins Fourth Straight District Title, Heads To Windsor

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The No.1 ranked Lincoln Cardinals defeated the Skyline Tigers 42-13 on Friday night to remain undefeated at 12-0 for their fourth straight district championship.
The Cardinals won the toss and chose to receive the football. Apparently, they wanted to make a statement early and not let Skyline’s QB Lawson Beem  have a chance to put his team ahead.
It was basically all QB Jackson Beaman early on as he would follow his blockers and  make a few good moves of his own to score from ten yards out at the 9:32 mark. Devon Parrott would split the uprights and it was 7-0.
With the ball on the 32, an incomplete pass would set up a third and three. Beaman would take off again and score to make it 13-0 and you know who would make the PAT and it was 14-0 at the 3:17 mark.
On the kick-off, Bo Kroenke would race down the sideline and recover a misplayed ball on Skyline’s 29 yard line. A flag on the Cards would back the ball up to the 31. Then a pass to Nate Hesse brought the ball to the 19. Parker Engles took the ball to the 12 and Beaman was stopped at the one as he ran out-of-bounds. A fumble by Beaman pushed the ball back to the eight. Beaman would find a hole and score to make it 20-0 and Parrott would make it 21-0 as the quarter would soon end.,
Skyline would make a drive to the 16 at the 11:12 mark as Beem had found his rhythm. However, freshman, Kyle Eckhoff would pick off a pass on the one inch line to end the threat. An offsides call moved the ball to the five.
Beaman would scramble and make a nice toss from the end zone to Joe Bittner. Parker Engles would make a big run and after a couple of passes, Beaman would walk in from the two to make it 20-0. The PAT was good and it was 28-0 at the 5:29 mark.
The magic arm of Beem could not be denied as he hit a receiver at the goal line up the middle for the TD at the 2:56 mark. The PAT missed and it was 28-6. 
A short kick was fielded by lineman Hayden Beaman, who would touch the ball in the second half again, this time on a blocked pass by Engles. Asked about getting nervous, Beaman said, “I get a little nervous before every game knowing it is late in the year and  it could be your last high school game.” While his cousin was running, Hayden Beaman and the rest of the line was blocking. Skyline ran away from lineman Tanner Bays most of the night.
A couple of passes to Conner Lynde and Nate Hesse would set Beaman up again from 11 yards out to make it 34-6. The PAT was good and it was 35-6.
 Skyline would drive to the red zone but a sack by Freshman Ross Johnson would end the half.
The second half saw a score on a pass play by Bo Kroenke and a kickoff return from the 35 by Skyline. Beaman would take a knee in the closing minute and the game was over.
Asked about his running in the first half, Jackson Beaman responded, "I condition myself to take 35 carries so I don’t really get tired.” He had five TD’s on the night  and was 25-238 rushing and 16-27 for 217 yards passing.
Engles almost broke a couple of big runs for TD’s and ended up going 12-167 with 14 tackles and one sack. What is not recorded is all of the blocks Engles makes from his running back position to open up his QB.
Although Parrott missed a field goal, he was perfect on PAT’s once again. Conner Lynde was 5-77 receiving and Hess was 4-70.
Asked if his team got tired, Coach LaFavor said,”No, they don’t get tired at this point. They actually wanted to stay in longer and that was our hiccup at the end trying to get them out of the game.”
Asked about Beaman, "He is one of the most special players in the state. I truly believe that. When you have a player like that, we refer to him as our secretary. It takes every guy out there to block for him and to catch passes.”
Asked about Windsor, "That is a tough opponent. They had a big come back as they lost big to Adrian the first time which surprised me a little bit.”
Well, they will meet this Saturday at Windsor at 1:00. If they win, then it is the Final Four and they will probably be at home and a victory there would send them back to Columbia for the big dance. Make no mistake, Windsor will be a tough test. They beat them 40-14 the first time but it was just 20-14 at the half. They have a great rivalry and if you can’t go, then watch it on BCETV.