Railers shut out by SHG Cyclones
By Scott Kirby
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[October 12, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln
Railers (0-6) entered Friday night's contest with Sacred
Heart-Griffin (5-1) knowing that coming away with a victory was very
unlikely. SHG has an elite football team, ranked No. 292 in the
nation and No. 12 in Illinois. The SHG Cyclones' only loss was to
the Rochester Rockets earlier in the year. SHG lost to Morris last
year in the state playoffs to advance to the championship game.
Even though the Railers knew they were in for a long night, Lincoln
coach Andy McDonald tried to keep his team focused to play hard and
never give up. Coach Mac told his kids that nothing in life comes
easy and you have to work hard for what you believe in -- sometimes
you will succeed and other times you will fail, but you have to pick
yourself up and keep pressing on.
This would be the Railers' first trip to SHG since the
Springfield school installed new turf on the football field, making
this a different playing surface than they are used to.
The night wouldn't start out very well on the turf for the entire
Railer football team. Krusz threw an interception on the Railers'
first possession, and SHG capped it off with a touchdown run by
quarterback Austin Green to make the score 7-0. And that was just
the start of the scoring frenzy from the Cyclones. The Cyclones
would get two pick-6 touchdowns and follow up with six more
touchdowns to make the score 63-0 at halftime.
Sophomore Garrett Aeilts started at quarterback for the Railers
in the second half. Aeilts came out throwing the ball and hooked up
with Will Cook a few times to move the ball down the field. The
Railers were able to get it all the way down to the Cyclone 28-yard
line, but Aeilts threw an interception that was returned for a
touchdown by the Cyclones to make the score 69-0.
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Most of the underclassmen on both sides of the field played the
entire second half, which went by pretty fast due to the running
clock because of the mercy rule.
The final score: SHG 69, Lincoln 0.
The Railers will be back home next Friday. The Rochester Rockets
at 7-0 bring in their fast-paced offense to Handlin Field. It is
Senior Night for the Railers, so come out and show these seniors
[By SCOTT KIRBY]