go down 14-0 to Taylorville
Railer linebackers Zack
Toft (22) and Reuben Bowlby (42) close in on Taylorville running back
Blaine Lacy (2) as Tedarion Carter (76) looks on. Lincoln fell to 0-3 on the
season with the 14-0 loss to the Tornadoes.
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has it that, when asked once after a game about the execution of his
offense, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football coach John McKay
responded, "I'm in favor of it."
While such drastic measures may not have crossed the mind of
Railer head football coach Jared Shaner following Lincoln's 14-0
loss Friday night to the Taylorville Tornadoes, the exasperation in
the tone of his voice after watching his team's problems maintaining
possession of the football was obvious.
"It's very frustrating to move the ball downfield like we did and
then shoot ourselves in the foot," Shaner said. "We need to be more
disciplined; we need to put drives together."
Taylorville opened the scoring with 5:08 remaining in the first
quarter when sophomore running back Tanner May scampered 60 yards
for a touchdown. The Tornadoes added a 2-point conversion on a pass
from Beau McDonald to Dustin Ehrhardt for an early 8-0 lead.
Lincoln took the ensuing kickoff and moved the ball into Taylorville
territory before turning the ball over on the Tornadoes' 40-yard
One play later, the Tornadoes gave the ball back on an
interception. Although the Railers successfully moved the ball,
Lincoln never was able to punch it into the end zone and get on the
"I felt we controlled the first half," Shaner said. "We moved
the ball; we just kept turning it over."
Unfortunately for the Railers, who dropped to 0-3 with the loss, the
second half was more of the same. After Lincoln fumbled the ball
away on its own 45-yard line seven minutes into the third quarter,
Taylorville moved downfield and scored again after McDonald hooked
up with Ehrhardt for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Tornadoes
what turned out to be their final 14-0 margin of victory.
However, the Railers never gave up and continued to play hard for
the remainder of the game. To open the fourth quarter, Nick
Haferkamp picked up critical yardage in a 4th-and-2 situation for
Lincoln to maintain possession of the ball. And while Railer running
backs Colt Hickey and Brendan Fitzsimmons continued to pick up
yardage carrying the ball, that drive eventually ended with 7:08
remaining in the game on an incomplete pass on 4th-and-10.
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To their credit, the Railer defense held and eventually Lincoln got
the ball back. With time winding down, Lincoln's evening was
epitomized in two plays on its final drive: With about two minutes
to go, the Railers converted a crucial pass play on fourth down to
pick up a first down, then fumbled the ball away on the next play
Taylorville, which moved to 3-0 with the victory,
ran the clock out to escape with the win.
Lincoln managed 167 yards rushing against Taylorville and did so
without senior letter-winner Jase Camp, who was injured in the
previous week's contest against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.
According to Shaner, Camp suffered two broken ribs and a
partially collapsed lung on a kickoff return against SH-G. He will
be medically evaluated again but may be done for the season.
Shaner said the Railers will get back to basics in practice this
week as Lincoln prepares for next Friday's 7 p.m. contest at
"If you only give up 14 points, you can't be real disappointed," he
said. "We do handoff drills every day, but now we're going to take it
back to square one."