Lin­coln Takes It To An­other Level

LIN­COLN: Coach Har­ri­son Dis­cusses Play­ers’ Strengths In And Out Of The Game

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

LIN­COLN — De­fend­ing a dou­blepass on the first play from scrim­mage turned into a dou­ble-edged sword Ber­ryville found it­self deal­ing with through­out Lin­coln’s 41-7 Home­com­ing tri­umph Fri­day.

Wolf quar­ter­back Caleb Lloyd threw be­hind him to slot re­ceiver Noe Avel­landa, who then chucked the ball down­field to Blake Arnold

“We ran a lit­tle trick play, we threw it in the flat to Noe Avel­landa, a back­wards pass,” Har­ri­son said. “He took it, stopped at the last sec­ond and threw it to Blake Arnold, who caught it for a big play. It was a good start for us. We wanted to start fast.”

Coach Don Har­ri­son said the Wolves feel good about them­selves when they get out of the gate and score.

“Even last week against Pea Ridge, we got the ball and on our first pos­ses­sion we ran a 14-play drive for a touch­down,” Har­ri­son said. “We’re re­ally con­cen­trat­ing on start­ing fast and we wanted to start with a lit­tle raz­zle-daz­zle, a lit­tle some­thing to get us ex­cited cause it was Home­com­ing so we ran a trick play to start us off.”

The play had the ef­fect Har­ri­son sought with Lin­coln fans roar­ing their ap­proval. Wolf­pack Sta­dium was rock­ing and rolling as the Wolves are off to their first 5-1 start since 2013; and only the sec­ond in school his­tory. On the other side of the ball, Ber­ryville was a lit­tle taken aback.

“Once you do some­thing like that and you do it and they know you’re go­ing to do it, they have to be ready for any other trick play so it makes them play on their heels a lit­tle bit,” Har­ri­son said.

Lin­coln pol­ished off the drive with a Lloyd 12-yard touch­down toss to tight end Levi Wright, who was split out to the left then slanted in. Later Lloyd hit se­nior re­ceiver Ster­ling Mor­phis with a 6-yard touch­down pass and the Wolves opened up a 14-0 first quar­ter lead.

Lin­coln tacked on two more

touch­downs in the sec­ond pe­riod. Se­nior full­back Bradley Drain on a 2-yard run and left guard Kong Lee re­cov­ered a Drain fum­ble in the end zone.

“Bradley’s good short yardage for us,” Har­ri­son said. “Bradley’s done a real, good job whether he’s in there block­ing or whether he’s car­ry­ing the ball. He runs real hard, and he’s one of those se­niors that’s re­ally stepped up and lead­ing the team.”

Lin­coln led 28-0 at the half. Cam Brown re­turned to ac­tion af­ter sit­ting out five weeks. He ran the ball, lined up at wide re­ceiver and caught passes, plus re­turned kick­offs — cre­at­ing an im­pact with mul­ti­ple touches.

“Cam’s our Swiss Army Knife,” Har­ri­son said. “He’s our tail­back, he’s a wide re­ceiver when we need him and he’s ac­tu­ally third-string emer­gency quar­ter­back so he’s kind of a Swiss Army Knife is what Coach (Reed) Men­doza calls him so re­ally glad to get him back tonight. He’s been work­ing re­ally hard. I’m just re­ally proud of what he’s do­ing. He worked real hard to get back and he was ex­cited.”

Noe Avel­landa is an­other multi-di­men­sional player.

“He’s an­other one of those guys, he’s very ver­sa­tile,” Har­ri­son said. “We can move him around. We can do all the things that we want to do and can do with him and he’s just an­other one of those X-fac­tor-type kids whether he catches the ball in space, whether he’s run­ning it in space.”

Avel­landa had a touch­down called back on what Har­ri­son thought was a ques­tion­able hold­ing call af­ter catch­ing a screen pass and mak­ing what Har­ri­son de­scribes as “an un­be­liev­able cut.”

“It’s tough some­times, but he just keeps go­ing,” Har­ri­son said. “We can put him in the back­field, and carry the ball. He does a great job for us.”

De­fen­sive end Chance Blanken­ship forced at least one in­com­ple­tion by get­ting in the quar­ter­back’s face be­fore he could set up throw.

“Chance is do­ing an awe­some job,” Har­ri­son said. “We picked him to speak at the pep rally tonight, just be­cause he’s re­ally step­ping up and he’s tak­ing a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity on this de­fense and mak­ing sure that ev­ery­body knows what the call is and they’re get­ting lined up cor­rectly. The guy plays hard from the snap to the whis­tle ev­ery play. We don’t catch him loaf­ing ever. It doesn’t mat­ter, prac­tice, games, walk­through, the guy’s con­cen­trat­ing, he’s fo­cused and he’s an­other one of these guys that’s re­ally tak­ing this pro­gram hope­fully to an­other level for us.”

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln se­nior Ster­ling Mor­phis makes a leap­ing in­ter­cep­tion of a pass in­tended for Ber­ryville’s Ethan Gre­gory (No. 9) while Mor­phis’ team­mate Blake Arnold (No. 22) tries to avoid dis­lodg­ing the ball. Mor­phis hung on and re­turned the pick 42 yards to set up a Wolf touch­down dur­ing Lin­coln’s 41-7 Home­com­ing vic­tory over the Bob­cats on Fri­day, Oct. 5.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF LIFETOUCH NA­TIONAL STU­DIOS

Lin­coln fresh­man maid Hon­esty Rice, daugh­ter of Jonathan and Kim­berly Rice, es­corted by her fa­ther, and ju­nior Kade Gib­son, son of Adam and Anna Yi­amkis.

Lin­coln fresh­man maid Lan­dree Cun­ning­ham, daugh­ter of Ja­son and Brandy Cun­ning­ham, es­corted by her fa­ther and ju­nior Mar­cus Sturgill, son of Ed­die and Jan­nette Cox.

Lin­coln ju­nior maid Mor­gan Coker, daugh­ter of Ben­jamin and Court­ney Coker, and Beau and Jen­nifer Gage; es­corted by her step-fa­ther, Beau, and se­nior Kong Lee, son of Koua and Chong Lee.

Lin­coln sopho­more maid Alexis Arnold, daugh­ter of Michael and Amanda Arnold, es­corted by her fa­ther and ju­nior Chance Blanken­ship, son of Jamie and Christy Blanken­ship.

Lin­coln sopho­more maid Sena Lund, daugh­ter of Rob and Mandy Lund, es­corted by her fa­ther and ju­nior Blake Arnold, son of Michael and Amanda Arnold.

Lin­coln ju­nior maid Ari­anna Or­tiz, daugh­ter of Manuel and Carolyn Or­tiz, es­corted by her fa­ther; and se­nior Matthew Gib­son, nephew of Wil­liam and Janette Falk.

Lin­coln sopho­more maid Tessa Stout, daugh­ter of Christo­pher and Lisa Stout, es­corted by her fa­ther; and ju­nior Chris­tian Sellers, son of Adam and Jes­sica Sellers.

Lin­coln ju­nior maid Shea Woolsey, daugh­ter of Brad and Ch­eryl Woolsey, es­corted by her fa­ther; and sopho­more Audie Ram­sey, son of Scott and Michelle Ram­sey.

Lin­coln ju­nior maid Mad­die Raines, grand­daugh­ter of Sheila Raines, es­corted by her un­cle, Steven Phillips; and se­nior Bradley Drain, son of Troy and Becky Drain.

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