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Monday, Sept. 8

Interview with coach after
Lincoln-Lanphier game
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By Bob Frank

[SEPT. 8, 2003]  Lincoln 12, Springfield Lanphier 0

LDN: You have got to be happy with the way that they controlled the ball.

Coach Oaks: They did a great job practically in the first half, both offensively and defensively. In the second half we played well defensively. We gave up a little yardage, but we buckled down when we had to. We picked up a couple key first downs late in the game and put it on ice. Iím real proud of their efforts. This team is off to a 2 and 0 start, and we just have to work on getting better.

LDN: Are you happy with the way that they played defensively?

Coach Oaks: Any time that you shut somebody out, you have to be happy with their efforts. We bent in a couple of cases but havenít broken too much. Itís the sign of a good team. I think they will keep learning and getting stronger as they gain a little success and a little confidence.


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LDN: You play Jacksonville next week. What do you think of them?

Coach Oaks: They are an awful good football team. It was a great game last night. I was down there at that game. Jacksonville plays hard against the big kids. They have some good, skilled players. Anderson is a very fine high school quarterback. Heís just a junior.

We will enjoy it for 12 hours and start on working on Jacksonville tomorrow.

LDN: You have to be happy with the support that you are getting from the fans this year.

Coach Oaks: If you are having some success, they will come out and support you, and Lincoln is no different than anybody else. If we put a good product out on the field, they are definitely going to support us, and I have been grateful for the support of the community.

[Bob Frank]

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