Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –
On their first drive of the game, the Lincoln high school football team drove the ball down the field to score a touchdown for a fast start to their win over Chiles, 47-21.
With 3:14 left in the first quarter, Lincoln made another quick drive down the field to further their lead 14-0. The Trojan’s very next drive led to another touchdown, as the seemingly untouchable Trojans now dominated Chiles 21-0.
Things finally began to look up for Chiles when their quarterback, Garrett Greene, threw a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Dillon Haire, who caught the pass with one hand. The drive ended in Chiles’ first touchdown of the game. Lincoln, however, fought back with a touchdown on their next drive just before halftime. Both teams ran into the locker rooms with Lincoln up 28-7.
The third quarter began with Trojans quarterback, Christopher Beard, throwing an interception to Chiles safety Nicholas Clayton. The Timberwolves carried that momentum over to the offense. Greene recovered a Dillon Giesecke fumble and ran it in for a score, cutting Lincoln’s lead to 14.
With 8:25 left in the third quarter, tensions began to rise between coaches, players and the refs, which lead to a flag on the Lincoln Trojans and unnecessary roughness calls on Chiles.
“It got a little out of control, but at the end of the day it’s football, you don’t take anything personal,” Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said on the third quarter rumble.
The third quarter continued with an intentional grounding penalty on Chiles forcing them to punt from their own 3-yard line. The punt ended after a poor snap hit the goal post, resulting in a safety. On Lincoln’s next drive, Beard ran the ball in for another Trojan touchdown to end the third quarter.
“The young quarterback is doing a great job,” Gray said.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Lincoln recovered the ensuing on-side kick and drove down the field to score another touchdown, bringing the score to 44-14.
Lincoln added a 43-yard field goal and the Timberwolves managed another score before the end of the game.
Lincoln head coach said the key to the team’s success was that “we were able to keep our composure at the right times and
“We were able to keep our composure at the right times and that just serves as a testament to our guys,” Gray said. “Overall, I’m proud of my kids and how they composed themselves.”