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