Wolves Pull Bait And Switch TROPHY BELONGS TO LINCOLN FOR NOW
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.
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.
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.