Railers Battle Emotions In Loss To Springfield High
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[August 27, 2016]
By Benjamin Yount
LINCOLN – Lincoln’s 2016 football
opener was a tug-of-war between emotions.
The Railers are playing their last season in the Central State
Lincoln once again has a new coach.
And many of this year's players weren't on the field last year.
So it was understandable when a nervous defense gave up a
touchdown to Springfield High School just 39-seconds into the game.
“When you play a team as good as Springfield you have to play
fast. You have to try and match their speed and intensity,” first
year coach Matt Silkowski said after the game. “That's just
something we didn't do.”
Silkowski said his team overall didn't play with much emotion.
Lincoln lost 52-0.
But there were flashes.
Senior running back Natha Podunajec ran the ball well at times.
He cut and slashed his way through the Springfield defense on a
number of plays. But he also ran into the teeth of the defense when
it blasted through Lincoln's offensive line.
Junior Isiah Bowers played well on both sides of the ball.
He lead a Railer defense that stiffened through much of the first
“Coach has a lot of confidence in me, and I appreciate it,”
Bowers said walking off the filed Friday night. “Like I told the
team 'It's all about the heart.”
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If Silkowski thought most of the Lincoln football squad didn't have
enough emotion, senior quarterback Andrew Yount had too much.
Referees flagged Yount on the last play of the game for yelling
at his offensive line after a snap sailed a yard over his head and
ten yards behind the line of scrimmage.
“This was my last, first game,” a still emotional Yount said
after the game. “Emotions were just running high.”
“Our kids have
put a lot of work in since June,” Silkowski added. “I think they had
higher expectations for themselves...It's about controlling
emotions. But at least it shows they care. I appreciate that they
Lincoln now falls to 0-1 on the season. Springfield High is
The schedule doesn't get easier any time soon.
The Railsplitters faces Decatur Eisenhower next week. Lincoln
then welcomes Sacred Heart Griffin to Handlin field in two weeks.