The roll of
Thursday’s storm, however, will be replaced by the roar of the
faithful Friday night at Handlin Field as the team opens the 2014
tackle Eric Sutton said the game plan is simple.
just punch ‘em in the mouth,” Sutton said as he walked off the
practice field. “Knock ‘em down on the ground. If they try and get
back up, put them back on the ground again.”
will need that toughness.
Springfield Southeast High School is an overwhelming opponent, but
because the Railers are limping a bit.
“I think we
counted, potentially, 12 starting positions out of 22 that are going
to be out this week,” Lincoln head coach Andy McDonald said.
some starters are nursing old injuries, some are sitting the bench
for disciplinary reasons, and some do not have the IHSA mandated 12
practices needed to take the field Friday night.
One of the
players ready for the Friday night lights is junior quarter back
Aeilts played a
back-up role last season, but said he’s ready to be done with
practice and go after some guys in different colored jerseys.
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those butterflies,” Aeilts said after Thursday’s last preparation.
“Not so much butterflies, as excitement. It’s going to be a rush
coming out there Friday night under the lights.”
It will be
under those lights that the Railers will get the first good look at
School has a new football coach this year, and senior linebacker
Chris Duong said that makes gaming-planning a bit more difficult.
“All we know is
that they’re going to run the spread offense,” Duong said. “We’re
not quite sure what else.”
are going to have some good athletes and good quickness,” coach
McDonald added. “They’ve got some tough kids and, I’ve heard, some
pretty good numbers.”
three games in 2013, the Railers did not win any last year.
The two teams
will kick off of Handlin Field at 7 p.m.
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