quarterback Nick Lonergan threw for 440 yards, passed for four
touchdowns and ran for three more as the Crimsons (4-3 overall, 3-3
in the CS8) beat winless Lincoln 63-22.
Lincoln again showed the ability to move the football effectively
down the field, as the Railers (0-7, 0-6) tallied their highest
scoring output of the season. But turnovers and the Jacksonville
offensive juggernaut overshadowed any positives Lincoln hoped to
take away from the contest.
"Offensively, I do think we had a few bright spots," said Railer
head coach Jared Shaner. "Colt Hickey ran extremely hard tonight. I
thought we blocked pretty well, and we moved the ball. They stopped
us a few times, but for the most part it was us turning the ball
Hickey led the Lincoln ground game with 164 yards on 14 carries,
including a 50-yard touchdown run. Overall, the Railers outrushed
Jacksonville by a 269-152 margin.
But it was the Nick Lonergan Passing Show that shined for the
Crimsons. Lonergan, a 6-foot junior, completed 34 of 39 passes and
had three different receivers surpass 100 yards receiving in the
"They're a good football team," Shaner said. "They do several
things well. They run the ball well. Obviously, they throw the ball
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With the switch in dates of the game, so too must the Railers
alter their practice schedule. Another consideration in planning
practice is that the Railer sophomore squad plays in Jacksonville
tonight, thus robbing the team of extra bodies to use in drills and
scrimmages during the varsity practice.
"It'll throw a little wrench into some things," Shaner said. "We
probably won't have much of a physical practice this week. It will
be more preparation and mental stuff getting ready for Springfield
Lincoln hosts Springfield High in a 7 p.m. conference game. As
always, Lincoln Daily News will simulcast the WLCN-FM 96.3 broadcast
of the contest, starting at 6:45.
[By LOYD KIRBY]