Lin­coln Foot­ball His­tory: Glance At Wolves Play­off Ap­pear­ances

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Mark Humphrey

Novem­ber 4, 1994 – Lin­coln de­feats Prairie Grove 14-0 dur­ing the sec­ond year of Danny Ab­shier’s ten­ure as Prairie Grove head coach in week ten.

Oc­to­ber 20, 1995 – Lin­coln qual­i­fies for school’s first-ever play­off berth by go­ing 7-3 in the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 20-19 win over Huntsville in week eight, de­spite los­ing its fi­nal two reg­u­lar sea­son games to Gen­try (22-8) and Prairie Grove (21-6).

April 2002 – Lin­coln head foot­ball coach Gary Moody re­signs one month prior to spring prac­tice and the Wolves con­duct drills with­out a head coach. Moody was com­ing off an 0-10 sea­son and took a job as an as­sis­tant coach at Huntsville. The Wolves went 8-32 dur­ing his ten­ure.

May 20, 2002 – Lonoke as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Mike Guthrie hired as head coach at Lin­coln.

May 2003 – Guthrie switches Lin­coln from a 4-4 de­fense to a five-man front dur­ing spring prac­tice after the Wolves go 1-9 and sur­ren­der 295 points de­fen­sively.

May 2007 – Jonathan John­son be­comes Lin­coln head foot­ball coach after Guthrie and the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor both re­sign. Guthrie leaves Lin­coln with a 9-40-1 record in­clud­ing a win­less sea­son in his last year.

May 22, 2008 – Lin­coln wraps up spring prac­tice un­der new head coach Brad Har­ris, who pre­vi­ously was the head coach at Arkadel­phia. The Wolves are com­ing off an 0-10 sea­son with John­son, who led the Wolves’ base­ball team to District and Re­gional ti­tles in 3A with an ap­pear­ance at state.

Sept. 4, 2009 – Har­ris and the Wolves break a 29-game los­ing streak, the long­est in the state in foot­ball with a 9-7 win against bor­der ri­val, Westville, Okla., but don’t win again through­out 2009.

Sept. 17, 2010 – Lin­coln records a sec­ond-con­sec­u­tive win, 36-0, over Hai­leyville, Okla., after beat­ing Cedarville, 28-21, on Sept. 10; mark­ing the first time back-to-back vic­to­ries have been ac­com­plished on the grid­iron since Oct., 2005.

Nov. 11, 2011 – Lin­coln qual­i­fies for sec­ond state play­off foot­ball game in school his­tory but loses, 48-12, at Smack­over in the 3A first-round. Har­ris guides the Wolves to a 7-4 record.

May 2012 – Two-time All-State quar­ter­back Cheyenne Vaughn trans­fers after the end of his ju­nior sea­son.

Aug. 31, 2012 – All-Con­fer­ence run­ning­back Tyler Cum­mings sus­tains sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury as a ju­nior dur­ing Lin­coln’s 37-0 win over Westville, Okla.

Sept. 21, 2012 – Lin­coln wins first-ever foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion at 4A level by de­feat­ing Ber­ryville, 37-6, on the road to record a 4A-1 Con­fer­ence-open­ing vic­tory.

Nov. 2, 2012 – Lin­coln sea­son ends with a 5-5 record and no play­offs after a 40-26 home loss to Farmington.

Sept. 20, 2013 – Lin­coln sets school record for most points in a foot­ball game with a 71-0 win at Dover. Se­nior Ryan Hol­comb, who over­came the chal­lenges of autism through play­ing foot­ball, makes an in­ter­cep­tion on the game’s fi­nal play.

Nov. 8, 2013 – Lin­coln earns right to host school’s first-ever home foot­ball play­off game with a 28-7 road win at Farmington. The Wolves fin­ish as con­fer­ence run­ner-up to Prairie Grove after go­ing 6-1 in the 4A-1.

Nov. 15, 2013 – Wolves win first-ever play­off game by de­feat­ing Nashville, 27-14, at home.

Nov. 22, 2013 – Wolves se­cure school’s first-ever road play­off win with Tyler Cum­mings car­ry­ing 34 times for school record 415 rush­ing yards and 6 touch­downs dur­ing 41-21 win at Malvern. Cum­mings’ per­for­mance is the sev­enth best in Arkansas high school foot­ball his­tory at the time. Lin­coln sets new school record for most wins in a sea­son with 11.

Nov. 29, 2013 – Cum­mings sets sin­gle-sea­son school record for rush­ing yards with 2,058, av­er­ag­ing 7.8-yards-per­carry and scor­ing 29 touch­downs on the ground.

Nov. 29, 2013 – Lin­coln se­nior line­backer Colton Bar­num sets sin­gle-sea­son school record for most tack­les with 190 dur­ing 35-0 quar­ter­fi­nal play­off loss at Booneville. He might have reached 200 but was in­jured early in the game.

April 21, 2014 – Lin­coln school board ac­cepts head coach Brad Har­ris’ res­ig­na­tion after six sea­sons hav­ing com­piled a 26-38 over­all record with two play­off ap­pear­ances and a 2-2 play­off record. Har­ris’ sons, Drew, a two-year starter and All-Con­fer­ence se­lec­tion; and fresh­man Bray­den, a full­back/line­backer, trans­fer to Ben­ton where Brad Har­ris even­tu­ally be­comes head coach after spend­ing one year as a de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

May 19, 2014 – For­mer Ra­zor­back Scott Daven­port hired as new Lin­coln head foot­ball coach.

Sept. 1, 2014 – Lin­coln (4A-1) plays Hot Springs Lake­side (5A South) at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium in Fayet­teville, los­ing 36-0. The marks the first of 30 starts Har­ri­son Swayne, then a sopho­more, will make at quar­ter­back.

May 1, 2015 – For­mer Ra­zor­back Scott Daven­port dis­missed as Lin­coln head foot­ball coach.

May 9, 2015 – Arkansas Ac­tiv­ity As­so­ci­a­tion tweets that Lin­coln in­tends to hire New­port head coach Don Har­ri­son as its new head foot­ball coach. Fear­less Fri­day re­ports a head coach­ing va­cancy ex­ists at New­port.

May 18, 2015 – Lin­coln school board votes to hire Don Har­ri­son as head foot­ball coach.

Sept. 4, 2015 – Head coach Don Har­ri­son starts fresh­man Caleb Lloyd at tail­back.

Oct. 30, 2015 – Lin­coln de­feats Gen­try, 33-12, to se­cure third play­off berth in school his­tory; and sec­ond at the 4A level.

Nov. 13, 2015 – Dar­danelle hosts a first-round play­off game and de­feats 4A-1 No. 5 seed Lin­coln, 42-0. The Wolves fin­ished 4-7 over­all, and 3-4 in con­fer­ence.

Nov. 4, 2016 – Lin­coln be­comes first op­po­nent dur­ing 2016 sea­son to hold con­fer­ence cham­pion Prairie Grove (12-1, 7-0 4A-1) score­less in the first quar­ter. The Wolves force six turnovers be­fore even­tu­ally los­ing, 33-20. Lin­coln ends the sea­son (3-7, 2-5 4A-1) sixth among league teams. With the im­mient grad­u­a­tion of two-time All-Con­fer­ence quar­ter­back Har­ri­son Swayne loom­ing on the hori­zon, Coach Don Har­ri­son switches run­ning­back Caleb Lloyd to quar­ter­back after the sea­son.

Aug. 31, 2018 – Lin­coln wins first foot­ball tro­phy in school his­tory with 48-6 de­feat of bor­der ri­val, Westville, Okla., dur­ing first an­nual “State Line Stand­off,” with the win­ning team tak­ing home the tro­phy to dis­play un­til the next year.

Sept. 7, 2018 – Lin­coln gets first foot­ball win over Keys, Okla. with 40-7 rout to push the Wolves to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

Sept. 21, 2018 – Lin­coln Head coach Don Har­ri­son gets first win over Gravette, 19-7, with the con­test played in a down­pour as the Wolves be­gin the sea­son 4-0.

Oct. 12, 2018 – Lin­coln de­feats Green For­est, 50-0, on the road se­cur­ing the largest mar­gin of vic­tory by the Wolves in Har­ri­son’s ten­ure and pos­si­bly the sec­ond big­gest pointspread in school his­tory for a Wolves’ foot­ball win.

Nov. 2, 2018 – Lin­coln breaks 19-game los­ing streak to ri­val, Prairie Grove, with a 59-48 vic­tory set­ting a school record for most points ever scored at Wolf­pack Sta­dium and against Prairie Grove. The teams com­bine for more than 1,200 yards of to­tal of­fense. Lin­coln gen­er­ates 687 while Prairie Grove’s out­put is 547. Lin­coln fin­ishes the reg­u­lar sea­son 8-2 over­all and 5-2 in con­fer­ence.

Nov. 9, 2018 – Wolves make Lin­coln’s fifth play­off ap­pear­ance in school his­tory on the road at Ham­burg. Kick­off is at 7 p.m.

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