Railers Need All Four Quarters To Win
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[August 25, 2018]
By Benjamin Yount; photos by Sheri Sparrow
LINCOLN – For three quarters the
Lincoln Railsplitters made it look easy against Macomb.
The Railers ran the ball, almost at will at times, Friday night. And
after a slow start, junior quarterback Dreyden Pozsgai started to
connect with his receivers.
“We scored 20 points, so obviously we'll take it,” Railer head coach
Matt Silkowski said after the game. “But we got away with a lot of
That stuff included turnovers, a lot of penalties, and a fourth
quarter where the Railers almost let the game slip through their
Lincoln started Friday's home opener by ripping three straight runs
through the Macomb defense. After a few fizzled offensive drives,
and a Justin Nguyen interception that didn't result in any points,
the Railsplitters were looking to start the second quarter by
receiving a Macomb punt.
Noah Funk had other ideas. He blocked the punt, and recovered the
ball at the 10 yard line.
“Our defense was pretty much locked down,” Funk said.
Four plays later Pozsgai punched-in a quarterback keeper for the
Lincoln lead 7-0.
Junior Jayden Pollice gets the ball as the Railers
surged again the Macomb Bombers
on Friday night.
Another interception, this time by Jayden Pollice, put the Railers
back in striking distance.
This time Pozsgai tossed a broken-play pass to Funk for a 33-yard
“The safety came in, and I was able to stop in the gap,” Funk
explained. “I was able to make a man miss and I got into the end
Lincoln lead 14-0 with 3:35 left in the first half.
The second half started pretty much the same, with another
interception by Funk.
Lincoln and Macomb traded turnovers, then Lincoln's defense
stiffened and kept the Bombers from scoring on four attempts from
the 15-yard line.
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Lincoln coach Matt Silkowski raises his hand after the Railer punch
the ball in for a touchdown.
After a Lincoln punt, it was Macomb's turn to move the ball until
Funk forced a fumble with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.
One play later, Pozsgai connected with Pollice for a 28-yard score
to take a 20-0 lead.
It looked like Lincoln was cruising to an easy victory.
Then Macomb connected on a hail Mary on the last play of the third
The first play of the fourth quarter was a touchdown strike to wide
receiver Evis Campbell.
One on-side kick later Macomb had the ball back. A few plays after
that they scored again, this time a five-yard toss to back Kyle
Lincoln lead, but only 20-13.
Nguyen picked off another pass to stop Macomb short.
The Railsplitters managed one more drive, all the way down to the
three yard line with a little over five minutes left to play. And
then Pozsgai fumbled the snap.
“We just didn't get it done,” Silkowski said. “That would have been
a walk-in touchdown. Our offensive line was blocking well, and Tyler
Vance could have punched it in.”
Macomb failed to do much with their good fortune, and after a punt
with 2:08 left in the game Lincoln ran out the clock for the
“Coach Silky told us that we don't want this to be the highlight of
our season,” Funk said after the game. “So we need to come out next
week and play better football.”
Next week Lincoln will face Mt. Zion High School, which won its
season opener Friday with a 12-6 victory over Limestone.
Lincoln is 1-0 on the season.
The next game is Friday night at Mt. Zion, kick-off is set for 7
[by Ben Yount; pictures by Sheri Sparrow]