Railer Football 2017: Expect More
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[August 09, 2017]
By Benjamin Yount
LINCOLN – The team t-shirts at Lincoln
High School football practice read GUTS. But the theme of the new
season for Railer football is more.
“Last year we had a goal just to win one game,” LCHS head Coach Matt
Silkowski said after Tuesday's practice. “It was great that we were
able to do that. Now though, it's more optimistic around here
because we don't what could happen. Who knows how good we really can
Lincoln starts its first year in the Apollo Conference this year.
The Railers left the Central State Eight, arguably the best football
conference in the state of Illinois, after winning just one game in
Silkowski said he expects his team to be much more competitive this
“There's a sense that we are playing for something this year,” Coach
Silky said. “Last year you stared down that schedule and it was a
Senior running back Titus Cannon said the team expected to lose at
least six games in years past. Now there's talk of winning that
“Last year we had like three games that people were anticipating,”
Cannon said of the Central State Eight schedule. “This year everyone
wants to play every single game. Everyone wants to be out on the
Cannon is half of what could be a potent running attack for the
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Team t-shirts say "Guts," but this year it is so
much more than that!
Senior Isaiah Bowers will also carry the ball.
“It's our senior season. We want to do our best and
get some wins,” Bowers said he's not concerned with sharing the ball
or the backfield with Cannon. “I feel that we're both confident in
whoever is running the ball. We can do whatever we need to do to
Cannon said his goal is to be Lincoln's first 1,000 yard rusher in
Coach Silkowski said Lincoln's success depends on the front line.
“We will be as successful as out offensive line allows us to be,”
Silkowski said once again The Railers' line will be dominated by
underclassmen. “We are returning three of our five offensive
linemen, two of those three are sophomores.”
Lincoln has a young team, just six seniors according to Silkowski.
Lincoln opens the season on the road this year, the team will travel
to Macomb for the first game of the season on August 21st.