Wolves Hand Yel­low­jack­ets 18-7 Loss

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - Sto­ries by MARK HUMPHREY

WESTVILLE, OKLA. — Both of­fenses op­er­ated at a fast pace, yet the out­come was de­cided by de­fense as Lin­coln (1-0) de­feated border ri­val Westville, Okla. (0-2), 18-7, Fri­day.

Ster­ling Mor­phis’ fourth quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion of Westville’s Cameron McCol­lum, who took over the quar­ter­back du­ties in the sec­ond half, set up Braden Um­ber­son’s 22-yard touch­down re­cep­tion that sealed the vic­tory for Lin­coln with 58 sec­onds left in the game.

The Yel­low­jack­ets got a third­down stop by Kevin Woods, whose tackle set up a fourth-and-10 sit­u­a­tion. Lin­coln quar­ter­back Caleb Lloyd then lofted the foot­ball high to Um­ber­son, who beat a dou­bleteam of Da­gan Hem­bree and Felix Fac­tor by out­leap­ing them to come down with the catch. The “Malachi Crunch” failed to separate him from the ball and Um­ber­son hung on for the touch­down.

Westville got into trou­ble on the game’s open­ing se­ries when Fac­tor, who started at quar­ter­back, had a shot­gun snap go over his head on third and five. The play lost 18 yards, then re­peated on fourth down when the Yel­low­jack­ets at­tempted to punt. They avoided a block and safety, but the des­per­a­tion kick from the goal line only reached their 33. Five plays later, Lloyd scored on a quar­ter­back sneak to put the Wolves in front 6-0 with 2:29 gone in the first quar­ter.

An­other mis­cue on a punt snap hurt Westville in the sec­ond quar­ter and led to Lin­coln’s sec­ond touch­down. A shanked punt trav­eled from the Yel­low­jacket 19 to their 45. Lin­coln took over and handed off to se­nior Ja­cob An­der­son, who twice bounced off hits run­ning off left tackle. He stayed on his feet and scam­pered for a touch­down at the 5:18 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod. Westville in­ter­cepted a pass on the 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt and Lin­coln set­tled for a 12-0 lead, which they held at the half.

Hem­bree was held to 51 yards on 12 rushes in the first half, but Westville got him go­ing to start the third. A fake punt back­fired on Lin­coln when a pass fell in­com­plete at the Wolves’ 37. Westville cap­i­tal­ized on the short field. They con­verted a fourth-and-five with McCol­lum pass­ing to Fac­tor for 18 yards to the Lin­coln 14. Hem­bree capped the 8-play drive with a 2-yard touch­down run. The P.A.T. trimmed Lin­coln’s lead to 12-7 with 7:43 to go in the third.

Um­ber­son came away with his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the game to halt a Yel­low­jacket threat near mid­field. The teams then ex­changed punts be­fore a bad snap led to a Lin­coln shanked punt. Westville took over on downs at the Lin­coln 46, but couldn’t con­vert a fourth down ei­ther. Lin­coln then drove to the Yel­low­jacket 8 where Hem­bree in­ter­cepted a pass on fourth down. He ran the ball out to the Westville 32, but four plays later Mor­phis picked off McCol­lum’s pass.

Next week Lin­coln faces Keys, Okla. in the first game to be played on the new ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Wolf­pack Sta­dium. The school is host­ing a tail­gate party at 5 p.m. with a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony to be held at hal­fime. A postgame fire­works dis­play will con­clude the fes­tiv­i­ties.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln se­nior Braden Um­ber­son re­turns a third quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion against Westville. Um­ber­son caught a touch­down pass from Caleb Lloyd to seal Lin­coln’s 18-7 vic­tory in the border ri­valry with 58 sec­onds left in the game. The Wolves play host to Keys, Okla. Fri­day as they com­pete on ar­ti­fi­cial turf newly in­stalled at Wolf­pack Sta­dium for the first time. A tail­gate party be­gins at 5 p.m. Half­time fea­tures a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony with postgame fire­works. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

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