dance, running QB on Railers’ list
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[October 10, 2014]
By Benjamin Yount
-- The homecoming dance may have been on their minds, but the Lincoln
High School football Railers were more focused on stopping Decatur
MacArthur’s running quarterback than if their socks matched their ties.
“There are a
lot of fun things going on, but we try and tell the team to keep
their minds focused on what’s going on Friday night,” seniors
defense back Chris Duong said Thursday. “(They) can think about the
dance later on.”
homecoming week this week for Lincoln Community High School.
kick off Friday night against the MacArthur Generals. The dance is
“You know me.
I’m just going to look the best I can,” Duong joked about his dance
“It can be a
distraction,” Railsplitter Head Coach Andy McDonald said. “We want
them to enjoy all these things and participate in all of the
homecoming activities. But they’re (also) going to have to put their
game face on.”
And a serious
game face is needed.
MacArthur is new to the Central State Eight this season, but is
sitting at third place in the conference at 4-2.
strength is their dual threat quarterback, senior Shawntrez Spates.
“You see how
tough it is, even at the NFL level,” McDonald said of trying to
contain Spates’ ability to run and throw. “We have to take care of
our responsibilities defensively, and (be) very fast and very
tip his hand at strategy, but expect the Railers to run a “spy” on
Spates all game long.
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“We’ve made it
clear (to everybody) that they have to play their positions first,
but their quarterback accounts for a large percentage of their
offense,” the coach added. “We have to be aware of where he is all
rushed for over 600 yards and six touchdowns so far this year.
Cam Cook said the key to keeping Spates out of the end zone starts
have to be on their toes,” Cook said after Thursday’s final
practice. “We’ve got to be ready for anything.”
come to Handlin Field Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.