Recap Of Lincoln’s 2019 Football Season

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
As everyone should know by now, the Lincoln Cardinal football team finished second in Class 1 in the state for the second year in a row. Last year, they lost to Hayti 44-0, who had six DI prospects. This season they came up short in the best Missouri championship game of the weekend in Columbia, MO in classes 1-6, losing 30-27 to Valle Catholic.
Senior lineman  Hayden Beaman summed up the Saturday championship game a few days later after some of the emotion and disappointment faded away, “ We felt like there was no more that we could had done. We left it all out on the field and that is all that you can do.”
The ‘what if’ game is always there for the fans to ponder, but in the end, Lincoln came up three points short to a private school that the naysayers said they couldn’t play with. Lincoln led 21-14 at the half and all of the doubt disappeared.
All-State lineman Tanner Bays went down early in the third and the Valle Coach Judd  Naeger admitted the injury changed his game plan."That made us a better team.”
Lincoln, after ten seasons, has amassed a record of 25 straight wins at home and an overall record of 70-31, going 60-6 over the last five seasons.
They were behind only three times all season. 41-13 to Windsor, 7-0 to Cole Camp and then to Valle.
Second year head Coach Kevin LaFavor commented on the amazing season, “This season has been a blur. It was an incredible time here in Lincoln. Every single player was bought into this program from day one. To start with, the talent on our team was tremendous. Not only did we have 7 big time seniors on both sides of the ball, but we had good depth as well. At times I felt like it was hard to get everyone on the field that deserved playing time because we had so much talent. Through 14 games the season went smooth. We had very few injuries, and even fewer close games. Our players were clicking on all cylinders and the older guys had no problems working with underclassmen. I truly believe this is the greatest Lincoln team ever assembled. We  were state runner-up, conference champions, district champions, an undefeated regular season, and broke the school record for wins in a single season. We broke so many individual records as well. I'll have to send you a list to show you one of these days, but career, season, and individual marks have been set in almost every category. My final thought on this season is that is was an amazing ride I’ll never forget. I want to thank the community - for all of their support, the media - for giving these kids a sense of pride and the recognition they deserve, my coaching staff - for all the late nights and early mornings they provided the last 5 months, and most of all the players. They are turning into amazing young men that I am honored to coach such an incredible group that we see here. In the end, it’s not about the X’s and O’x its about the Moe’s and Joe’s and boy did we have them. They will forever be apart of our Lincoln Cardinal Family and I hope they all know that we love them. What an incredible journey it has been.”
Season’s Record 14-1
North Callaway 40-8 H
Concordia 56-26 A
Adrian 36-0 H
Windsor 40-14 A
Sweet Springs 49-12 A
Tipton 49-0 A
Santa Fa 63-12 H
Wellington-Napoleon 49-0 A
Cole Camp 42-13 H
Pleasant Hope 13-0 H (Forfeit)
Cole Camp 50-13 H
Skyline 42-13 H
Windsor 36-6 A
Marceline 46-20 H
Valle Catholic 27-30 A