Wolves Pre­pare For Foot­ball

LIN­COLN PLANS OPEN HOUSE, TURF DED­I­CA­TION CER­E­MONY

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

LIN­COLN — A Buzz stirs while the se­nior Wolves pre­pare to kick off the 2017 foot­ball sea­son at bor­der rival Westville, Okla., Friday.

In a press re­lease is­sued early this week, Lin­coln ath­letic di­rec­tor Deon Birkes de­scribed ex­cite­ment as the Lin­coln Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict an­nounces de­vel­op­ments in part­ner­ship with the ath­letic de­part­ment com­ing to com­ple­tion in September. Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, in May the dis­trict em­barked on a fa­cil­i­ties plan to com­plete the field­house at the high school cam­pus along with part­ner­ing with the Wolf­pack Foun­da­tion (a 501 c3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion) to in­vest in up­grad­ing the play­ing sur­face to ar­ti­fi­cial turf on the high school field.

“To say we are ex­cited about near­ing the com­ple­tion of our fa­cil­i­ties im­prove­ments is an un­der­state­ment,” Birkes said. “This has been a vi­sion of mine along with our ad­min­is­tra­tion and Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for a few years. See­ing the project near­ing com­ple­tion and the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide ad­di­tional re­sources to our stu­dent-ath­letes is very ful­fill­ing.”

In con­junc­tion with the an­nounce­ment, a cal­en­dar of events to cel­e­brate the ac­com­plish­ments has been sched­uled for the com­mu­nity to at­tend.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Lin­coln will host an open house at the new Field­house from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 8, the first foot­ball game will be played on the up­graded turf sur­face as the se­nior Wolves take on Keys, Okla.,

at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, a com­mu­nity tail­gate event spon­sored by Ar­vest Bank will take place at 5 p.m. A ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony will be held at half­time with a fire­works dis­play af­ter the game. Fire­works shows will hap­pen af­ter ev­ery home var­sity game this sea­son cour­tesy of Latco Truss.

Mean­while, the Wolves are tun­ing up for Friday’s kick­off on the road at 7 p.m. at Westville’s Atkin-Lan­g­ley Field. Westville lost their sea­sonopener by a lop­sided score of 54-13 Friday at Stigler, Okla., ranked No. 6 in Ok­la­homa Class 3A. Stigler is an op­po­nent the Yel­low­jack­ets have strug­gled against. Westville trails the All-time se­ries 3-13. Stigler se­nior quar­ter­back Bryce Tur­ren­tine com­pleted 17 of 23 pass­ing at­tempts against Westville for 251 yards and 2 touch­downs. He was in­ter­cepted once. Tur­ren­tine com­pleted passes to four dif­fer­ent re­ceivers. Stigler scored four times in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Wolves will test Westville’s pass de­fense, too.

For 2017, Lin­coln ju­nior Caleb Lloyd moves to quar­ter­back af­ter two sea­sons un­der his belt as start­ing tailback. Lloyd takes over for grad­u­ated two-time All-Con­fer­ence quar­ter­back Harrison Swayne. He’s not afraid to take a hit and not the eas­i­est guy to bring down ei­ther.

Lloyd looked com­fort­able set­ting up in the pocket and throw­ing the foot­ball dur­ing Lin­coln’s Meet the Wolves scrim­mage Aug. 18. On the open­ing se­ries, he took the of­fense steadily down the field, com­plet­ing sev­eral passes on the drive. A long pass from mid­field went for big yards in­side the 10 to set up a touch­down pass by Lloyd. If the of­fen­sive line can give Lloyd time to throw, Lin­coln has an ar­ray of re­ceivers who can catch. The chal­lenge will be, can the Wolves ef­fec­tively run the foot­ball to keep de­fenses hon­est?

Against Westville Friday, Stigler gained 243 yards on the ground on 31 rush­ing at­tempts for 7.8-yards-per­carry and 6 touch­downs. Lin­coln will also test the Yel­low­jack­ets’ run de­fense. Se­nior Ja­cob An­der­son has been a steady con­trib­u­tor run­ning the foot­ball out of the Wolves’ back­field since he was a sopho­more. Lloyd is a threat to run ev­ery time he touches the foot­ball and mo­men­tum is build­ing at Lin­coln.

“We want this to be a sea­son of sup­port be­tween the dis­trict and the com­mu­nity,” Birkes said. “Noth­ing draws a com­mu­nity to­gether like pride and foot­ball Friday nights! We be­lieve the com­mu­nity will be proud and anx­ious to see the fa­cil­i­ties up­grades.”

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln ju­nior quar­ter­back Caleb Lloyd gets his re­ceivers ready to go dur­ing the Meet the Wolves scrim­mage Aug. 18. Lin­coln opens var­sity foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion for 2017 Friday at Westville, Okla. Kick­off is at 7 p.m. at Atkin-Lan­g­ley Field in Westville.

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