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By Jeff Mayfield

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[August 11, 2008]  We promised you LDN fans more info on the 2008 Railer football team when we got it, and here it is.

RestaurantBut, let's go a step further. Believe! Get behind this team. They will have a brutal start to their schedule, so they will need every man, woman, child and pet in the stands to help rally the good guys to victory.

I remember the heyday of Lincoln basketball. There were no seats available and you were lucky if you could find a place to stand. We believe it is now time to start doing the same thing with football (and bringing back some of those lost fans to basketball wouldn't hurt either). Greg Taylor will be monitoring the crowds because we will be doing all we can to muster all the support we can for Railsplitter football.

Go, Railers!




2008 LCHS football information

Head coach: Jared Shaner
Career record: 5-13

Varsity assistant coaches: Joe Ryan, Ryan Bast, Davis Hodam

Sophomore coaches: Jeff Cooper, Andy McDonald

Freshman coaches: Doug Benz, Joe Walters

2007 overall record: 3-6 (2-5 in Central State Eight Conference)

2008 preview

Last season the Railsplitters finished with a record of 3-6 but were much more competitive than in the 2006 campaign. Of the six losses last season, two of them were by a touchdown or less, and one of them was by less than two touchdowns. The program continued to take a step in the right direction and is focused on doing the same this season.

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With nine offensive starters returning from a team that averaged the third-most points per game in the conference, the Railers are excited about their potential on offense. Four of the five line positions are returning starters -- Heidbreder, senior; Ritchhart, junior; Whalen, senior; and McCray, senior -- along with senior running backs Wes Neece, first team all-conference, and Blair Bruns. Senior wide receiver Kyle Young (injured in 2007) will join first-team all-conference senior receiver Kyle Frick as big targets for first-year quarterback Ben Brackney, a junior.

On defense, the Railers welcome back starters in Neece (DB), Cory Moore (senior, DB), Young (sophomore season DE) and Cody McCray (senior, LB/DE). They looked to be joined by incoming juniors Colt Hickey (LB), Jase Camp (DB) and Todd Coppinger (DL), along with many other young contributors.



Aug. 29 -- Mount Zion

Sept. 5 -- at Springfield

Sept. 13 -- at Sacred Heart-Griffin

Sept. 19 -- at Taylorville

Sept. 26 -- Springfield Southeast

Oct. 3 -- at Chatham Glenwood

Oct. 10 -- Springfield Lanphier

Oct. 17 -- Jacksonville

Oct. 24 -- at Peoria Manual

Conference predictions

  1. SH-G

  2. Chatham-Glenwood

  3. Jacksonville

  4. Springfield

  5. Taylorville

  6. Southeast

  7. Lanphier


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