Wolves Pull Bait And Switch TRO­PHY BE­LONGS TO LIN­COLN FOR NOW

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN – Bait and switch ad­ver­tis­ing works well on the foot­ball field, just ask the Westville Yel­low­jack­ets who lost 48-6 at Lin­coln in the first an­nual “State Line Stand­off” tro­phy game.

With Westville con­cen­trat­ing on Wolves’ tail­back Cam Brown, who gained 77 yards in a sin­gle half of ac­tion dur­ing the fi­nal pre­sea­son scrim­mage against West Fork, Lin­coln coach Don Har­ri­son coun­tered by send­ing Brown one way, then run­ning a play in the other di­rec­tion. Although Brown was held to 5 yards on 7 car­ries Fri­day, Westville couldn’t keep up with his team­mates as Lin­coln surged out to a 26-0 half­time lead de­spite a slow start.

“Cam, he kept get­ting a lit­tle frus­trated and I kept telling him, ‘they’re key­ing you, they’re watch­ing you – wher­ever you,’” Har­ri­son said. “So, we started do­ing a lot of stuff where we just take Cam in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and do what we wanted on the other side. I know he was frus­trated, but a lot of teams are go­ing to key on him and he’s just go­ing to have to get used to it.”

Lin­coln’s first pos­ses­sion went south with an early fum­ble, but their de­fense held. On the sec­ond pos­ses­sion, Lin­coln got into fourt­hand-13 and con­verted with what Har­ri­son de­scribed as a sen­sa­tional pass play be­tween se­nior quar­ter­back Caleb Lloyd (21-of-28, 231 yards, 3 touch­downs, 0 in­ter­cep­tions) and sopho­more slot re­ceiver Noe Avel­landa.

“We con­verted on fourth down and long, Noe Avel­landa tip-toed on the side­line and made an un­be­liev­able catch,” Har­ri­son said. “Once we got that play, we just started rolling. That’s some­times what you need. We got a shot in the arm when we re­ally could use it.”

Lloyd, who led Lin­coln in rush­ing yardage with 50 on 5 car­ries, fin­ished off the drive with an 11-yard touch­down run. Avel­landa kicked the point-after for an early 7-0 Lin­coln lead.

On the sec­ond drive near the goal line, Lin­coln sold full­back Bradley Drain (5-10, 240) as a lead blocker only to hand the ball off to him. Drain crashed in from the two for an­other Wolf touch­down send­ing the Wolves to a 14-0 ad­van­tage with the P.A.T. tacked on by Avel­landa.

Lin­coln struck twice more in the sec­ond quar­ter. Avel­landa caught a 10-yard scor­ing pass from Lloyd, who later found Ster­ling Mor­phis for an 18-yard touch­down.

Westville at­tempted an on­side kick to start the third pe­riod, but Cade Red­fern re­cov­ered for Lin­coln. The Wolves marched 59 yards in 9 plays to pay­dirt capped by Lloyd’s 13-yard touch­down toss to Hunter Phe­lan. Lloyd turned a bob­bled snap on the con­ver­sion into a 2-point run ex­tend­ing the lead to 34-0 at the 8:21 mark of the third quar­ter.

Westville’s of­fense went in re­verse and they at­tempted to punt from the 20 only to have Lin­coln block the kick. Levi Wright caught the ball in the air and rum­bled for a de­fen­sive touch­down to make the high­light reel with a 20-yard run­back. Avel­landa’s kick staked Lin­coln to a 41-0 lead ac­ti­vat­ing a run­ning clock with 5:46 to play in the third.

Westville’s woes con­tin­ued as the Yel­low­jack­ets fum­bled the en­su­ing kick­off and Lin­coln re­cov­ered. On first down from the Yel­low­jacket 11, backup tail­back Chris­tian Sell­ers broke mul­ti­ple tack­les keep­ing his legs churn­ing as he car­ried for a touch­down. Brown did not play in the sec­ond half. Har­ri­son wasn’t sure the sta­tus of Brown, say­ing, it may be a sprained knee. Har­ri­son con­trasted the run­ning styles of Brown and Sell­ers, who fin­ished with 43 yards on 6 rushes.

“Cam’s more of the hip one way and go­ing the other and cut­ting back,” Har­ri­son said. “Chris­tian Sell­ers is ‘I’m go­ing to find con­tact and I’m go­ing to do what I got to do and I’m go­ing to be the ham­mer and not the nail.’”

The Wolves led 48-0 after three quar­ters and coasted while play­ing a lot of re­serves in the sec­ond half.

“Ev­ery­body on the team did a good job even when we put sec­ond and third string guys in there, we were still go­ing up and down the field, re­ally proud of them,” Har­ri­son said. “De­fen­sive coaches did an amaz­ing job with the game-plan. They had a great game-plan and our kids ex­e­cuted it. We had some re­ally good prac­tices this week. They were in­tense, they were fo­cussed. They were ready to go, it’s great.”

Har­ri­son liked how the Wolves ad­justed when Westville showed dif­fer­ent formations.

“We had a good idea what they were go­ing to do, we had some good stuff,” Har­ri­son said. “Coach (Beau) Collins did a great job. We had no idea re­ally what to ex­pect other than a scrim­mage. They got a whole new coach­ing staff, run­ning a whole new of­fense, and a whole new de­fense. We saw them in a three-front in scrim­mages and they come out in a four-front and our kids didn’t blink. I’m so proud of them. Can’t say enough about how our kids re­sponded to that.”

Westville scored on a 52-yard

pass with 2:23 left in the game.

For now, the “State Line Stand­off” tro­phy be­longs to Lin­coln, the school’s first-ever foot­ball hard­ware. On Fri­day, Lin­coln trav­els to Keys, Okla. for an­other non­con­fer­ence con­test. run), 8:18.

Lin­coln — Levi Wright blocked punt 15-yard re­turn (Noe Avel­landa kick), 5:46.

Lin­coln — Chris­tian Sell­ers 11yard run (Noe Avel­landa kick), 5:27.

FOURTH QUAR­TER

Westville — Pax­ton Mcvey 52yard pass from Chance Craig (kick blocked), 2:23. TEAM STA­TIS­TICS Lin­coln To­tal of­fense 343 Rushes-yards 23-112 Rush av­er­age 4.9 Pass­ing yards 231

Comp-Att-Int 21-30-0 IN­DI­VID­UAL STA­TIS­TICS

RUSH­ING — Lin­coln, Caleb Lloyd 5-50, Chris­tian Sell­ers 6-43, Noe Avel­landa 2-14, Cam Brown 7-5, Bradley Drain 2-6, Tyler Brewer 1-(-6).

PASS­ING — Lin­coln, Caleb Lloyd 21-28-231-2-0, Tyler Brewer 0-20-0-0.

RE­CEIV­ING — Lin­coln, Noe Avel­landa 7-87, Ster­ling Mor­phis 3-44, Eli Rich 2-32, Blake Arnold 2-23, Cam Brown 2-22, Tyler Brewer 2-11, Levi Wright 2-11, Hunter Phe­lan 1-1.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln se­nior quar­ter­back Caleb Lloyd proudly dis­plays the State Line Stand­off tro­phy won by Lin­coln with an over­whelm­ing 48-6 rout of bor­der ri­val Westville, Okla., Fri­day at Wolf­pack Sta­dium. Lin­coln head coach Don Har­ri­son de­signed the tro­phy and first-year Westville head coach Ed Baker agreed to the con­cept of the win­ning team tak­ing home the tro­phy each year.

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