Ju­nior Wolves Can’t Keep Up With Keys In 33-6 Loss

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

LIN­COLN — Keys, Okla. handed Lin­coln a 33-6 loss dur­ing a ju­nior high game at Lin­coln’s Wolf­pack Sta­dium Thurs­day.

Keys coach Mitchell Crit­ten­den pointed to a fum­ble re­cov­ery by his team when Lin­coln lost the ball deep in its own ter­ri­tory late in the first half. Keys’ fresh­man quar­ter­back Drew Mor­gan ran the ball in for a 5-yard touch­down. Mor­gan kicked the ex­tra-point putting Keys ahead, 20-6, at the half.

“It was re­ally pretty even up to that lit­tle thing,” Crit­ten­den said. “Mo­men­tum shifted and we were able to keep pres­sure on them af­ter that.”

Lin­coln took the sec­ond half kick­off and ad­vanced the ball 57 yards be­fore turn­ing it over on downs. The 14-play drive, which be­gan at Lin­coln’s 20, ended when quar­ter­back Devonte Holmes was tack­led for a loss on fourth-and-three. On the next play, Keys fresh­man Joel Scott ripped off a 71-yard touch­down run. The ju­nior Wolves never recovered play­ing against a team that in­cluded some high school play­ers.

Keys coaches iden­ti­fied No. 20 Jose Chavez as a sopho­more. He scored Keys’ fi­nal touch­down on a 1-yard­plunge at the 4:05 mark of the fourth quar­ter.

Lin­coln scored a touch­down on a 75-yard kick­off re­turn by fresh­man run­ning­back Caleb Matthews.

“Their kicker had a good leg, he (Matthews) kind of took a cou­ple of hard steps to the right, then went back to the left up the side­line and wasn’t any­one, who even got close to him,” said Lin­coln coach Reed Men­doza. “That was def­i­nitely a good spark for us be­cause we were strug­gling of­fen­sively. We had a bunch of guys who got body on a body and kick­off re­turn that’s all it takes.”


Sec­ond-year Lin­coln Ju­nior High head foot­ball coach Reed Men­doza en­deav­ors to mold a youth­ful, in­ex­pe­ri­enced team he ex­pects to win more games this sea­son. The ju­nior Wolves are 1-1 with a 14-0 win over Westville, Okla. fol­lowed by Thurs­day’s 33-6 loss to Keys, Okla.

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