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10-07-2006, 10:47 PM
Lincoln barely defeats Leon

Lincoln narrowly kept its winning streak alive against Leon, winning 27-24 on Senior Night in one of the season's most exciting games so far.

Anytime it's Lincoln-Leon, it's a rivalry and you're going to get the best, Lincoln head coach Kyle Rice said.

Leon (0-6), which hasn't beaten Lincoln since 1998, came out like never before, getting on the board midway through the first quarter after kicker Matt Cade nailed a 46-yard field goal.

A rivalry always brings that out, Leon head coach Wade Rollinson said. Our kids have been hurting, and all you can do is keep on trying.

The game went back and forth as each team answered the other's challenge. Leon scored first in the second half, but Lincoln running back Ricky McGee, who rushed for 209 yards, answered with a 23-yard touchdown run after a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on the Lions gave the Trojans a much-needed first down.

"We had to come together as a team," said Leon sophomore quarterback Austin Dantin, who completed nine of 13 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. "We can't let this loss tear us apart. We're really clicking. . . . We're going to keep working hard."

Lincoln (4-2) managed to keep its lead in the fourth quarter after receiver Josh Gehres caught a 21-yard pass from quarterback B.J. Daniels, but what started as an evening of celebration for the Trojans ended with a sign of relief.

"We had to come back and fight hard in the end," Lincoln senior linebacker Xavier Lamb said.

The Lions, on the other hand, left knowing they had given their strongest performance of the season.

"We made a commitment to each other - we were going to play every play as if it was the last play in a 0-0 ballgame," Rollinson said.

"For that, I'm very proud of my kids. They did exactly as I asked."

10-15-2006, 10:06 PM
Lincoln silences Mosley
McGee runs for 2 TDs in win

PANAMA CITY - Lincoln wanted to keep star Mosley running back Enrique Davis off the field Thursday night. Ricky McGee provided the biggest part of that strategy.

McGee ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and the Trojans held Davis to 48 yards in a 28-0 District 3-4A football victory.

“Our offense was on the field the whole night,” Lincoln assistant head coach Yusuf Shakir said. “They did a great job of punching it in when we got close. The defense owes all the credit to the offense. The best defense is a good offense, and they kept Enrique Davis on the sideline all night.”

Lincoln (5-2, 3-0) now leads the district over Mosley (4-3, 2-1). The Trojans clinch the district title with a victory Oct. 20 against Chiles. A Chiles victory leaves open a possibility of a three-way tie, since Mosley beat Chiles on Sept. 15.

Xavier Lamb, who also had five tackles on defense, gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead with a 3-yard run in the second quarter. B.J. Daniels' 44-yard pass to Josh Gehres sparked a 21-point third quarter. McGee capped it with 57- and 1-yard touchdown runs.

The Trojans ran for 317 yards as a team.