Optimism Runs High At Lincoln

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Someone once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 
Any team that loses several all- state players like the Lincoln Cardinals did last season and lose their starting quarterback to an injury would have to admit they are in somewhat of a rebuilding year. Yet, the Cardinals under new Head Coach Kevin LaFavor are optimistic about the coming season. Their goals are the same as before. They want to win their conference, win district, win sectionals, and go on to the final four. Pretty simple stuff on paper anyway.
Coach LaFavor was an assistance at Lincoln the last two years after coming over from Osceola. Athletic Director Adam Curtis remains as an assistant after a year at the coaching helm. Curtis commented, "I like being an assistant and last year was just something I felt I needed to do after our head coach resigned.”
Even with high hopes, the Cardinals are realistic enough to know that powerhouse running back Derek Stephens is gone along with speedster Dominic Simmons. Some of their big bad people on the line also graduated, leaving some big holes to fill. So it will be a different team and maybe a different style and a somewhat different approach to the game. 
Their starting quarterback Junior Jackson Beaman is injured and out for the season. Junior Bo Kroenke will take over the QB duties and may be more mobile in the pocket. Whether they throw the deep ball much remains to be seen. Bo is the younger brother of Boone Kroenke, who reached almost legendary status around Lincoln in football, basketball and golf.
Public 1A schools just don’t reload every year like private schools do but Lincoln should have enough returning talent to win some games this season. 
Lincoln had around 30 kids out for their evening football camp last week. Yes, the weather co-operated  for all of the football camps in the area as temperatures hovered around the 80-85 mark instead of the recent 90 plus surge.
Lincoln’s secret weapon is Sophomore Kicker Devon Parrott. He booted one from 48 yards the other day in practice and gives Coach LaFavor an option some 1A teams just don’t have. However, he may not be much of a secret anymore as he nailed one last year against Lockwood in a game they lost that would had sent the Cardinals back to the final four. So the opposing coaches are fully aware that Lincoln has a talented kicker and apparently Parrott has the grit and the savvy needed for pressure situations. 
Another bright spot will be at running back. Gage Kahler didn’t receive many carries behind Stephens and Simmons but should do a capable job this time around  and will be the main go-to -guy in the backfield.
Junior Tanner Bays is a big strong kid  and has an opportunity to leave his mark on Lincoln football. Nathan Jobe is another kid who could step up his game and be a huge factor as the season progresses.
The Cardinals have changed some games on their schedule so it should be an interesting season in more ways than one.The BCE will have more on the Lincoln Cardinals in the coming weeks and in the upcoming sports edition.So stay turned and get ready for some football!