- FOOTBALL: Wildcats Get Past Links Before Overflow Crowd
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln High may have met its match on the gridiron Friday night in the form of Millard West.
The Links, who had been rolling along with an average of 481 yards of offense a game, fell victim to their own miscues and turnovers early to the No. 4 Wildcats. Millard West came away with a 28-17 win over No. 5 Lincoln High.
Both teams end the regular season at 8-1 and each are likely to get home games when the State Football Playoffs start next Friday.
Lincoln High (8-1) is off their best start in about 25 years and meeting a one-loss team in Millard West drew enough fanfare that folks were lining up to get tickets over an hour-and-a-half prior to kickoff.
The Links had a rough start, after quarterback Cedric Case threw an interception to Wildcat defender Jacob Lasauskas, who returned it 15 yards to the LHS 25-yard line. A short time later, running back Brody Belt scored on a 1-yard run for an early 7-0 lead.
Lincoln High's next drive ended when Millard West's Matt Sorich intercepted another Case pass. The Wildcats couldn't convert deep and a 20-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
An 80-yard drive for the Links was capped on a 16-yard touchdown run from junior Frazzie Wynn that tied the game up at 7. However, that was short-lived and Millard West bounced back to go up 14-7 to start the second quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Giavonni Guido to Belt. Then Guido hit Hunter Schnurle on a 10-yard scoring strike, putting the Wildcats up 21-7.
One of the bigger highlights of the night was when Lincoln High kicker Simon Joseph booted a 54-yard field goal. Immediately afterward, Belt answered with an 82-yard touchdown run that kept Millard West ahead for good.
The Links responded with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Case to Zion Perry, but neither team scored the rest of the game.
The Links will host a first round game in the Class A playoffs next Friday. Pairings are expected to be released Saturday morning.