The Lincoln second- and third-grade White was able to remain
a perfect 7-0 on the season by beating Jacksonville 14-12 in
overtime in probably the most exciting game ever played at Eaton
Lincoln scored first on a 40-yard touchdown run by Gavin
Gibbons with two minutes to go in the second quarter. Jacksonville
would answer with a touchdown of their own late in the third quarter
to tie the game at 6-6. Jacksonville had the ball inside the 20-yard
line with 30 seconds to go, but Lincoln's defense would hold them
there as time ran out to send the game into overtime.
Jacksonville got the ball on the 10-yard line during overtime.
Each team gets four plays from the 10-yard line to try to score,
and Jacksonville did just that on their first play of overtime, but
the extra-point try was no good.
Lincoln got the ball on the 10-yard line, down by six with four
plays left between them and heartbreak. Lincoln would not give up,
and on the fourth down on the 6-yard line, quarterback Mason
Farris powered his way into the end zone to tie the game at 12-12.
Farris was injured on the play and went to the sideline, possibly
with a broken arm.
With Farris out, Lincoln brought in their workhorse Jaden Leadley to
be quarterback, and he ran in the two-point conversion to give
Lincoln the win.
"What an awesome way to end an unbelievable season," said Steve
Farris, one of the coaches.
This team becomes the first in second- and third-grade Lincoln
Youth Football history to go 7-0.
Lincoln was led on defense by Andrew Cline with six tackles, Tony
Gandolphi with five, Chase McCormick with four and Jaden Leadley
with three tackles. Bryton Fuchs, Issac Decker and Everett Maaks
each added one tackle.
Coaches for the team are Steve Farris, Sam White, Wes Fuchs and
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Lincoln's second- and third-grade Green was defeated by Athens
Green 8-6 in overtime. They finish their season 5-2.
Coaches for the Green are Cody Atkins, Sam Knox, Chris Harding
and Aaron Leesman.
Lincoln's kindergarten and first-grade team won their bowl game
28-16 over New Berlin.
Lincoln was led by Ethan Storm, who had 200 yards rushing and one
touchdown; Grant Laubenstein, with 80 yards rushing and two
touchdowns; and Darren Stevens with 70 yards rushing and one
Defensively Lincoln was led by Wyatt Mammen with six tackles and
Logan Baker with three. In addition, Jacob Lawerence, Wyatt Gross,
T.J. Hurley, Hunter Kretzinger, Ethan Storm and Kyle Gellner all had
The K-1 team finished the season 3-4, coached by John Mammen,
Shawn Lawerence and Mike Tisdale.
Closing note by Steve Farris:
"In closing I would like to add that we had over 1,000 people on
hand from all over central Illinois at beautiful Eaton Fields
Sunday and it was a very successful day. This day could not have
been possible without people like Julie and Denny Morris, Kurt
Hullinger, Chad Letterle, Chris Farris, Scott Kirby, Sam White, Sam
Knox, John Mammen, Josh Work, Lori Marshall, Wendy Coit, and
everyone else that was there to lend a hand whenever we need it.
Thanks again, guys."
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