Thursday Nov 03 2011
Lincoln frosh run to victory and PVL championship
By: Staff Report
Fourth down conversion seals win
COLFAX _ After battling back from a 13-point deficit, the Lincoln High School freshman football team earned its first Pioneer Valley League championship in nearly a decade, last Thursday. On a cool, crisp fall night, the Colfax Falcons came out on the run. They put two touchdowns on the board in the first half on a 5-yard run, and another aided by a 69-yard gallop down the sidelines. The Falcons then attempted an onside kick that ended up in Lincoln’s favor. The Fighting Zebras pounded the ball down to Colfax’s 9-yard line, where running back Harrison Steward took a pitch from quarterback Isaiah and ran it into the end zone. The half ended with Lincoln trailing, 13-6. The Zebras came out in the third quarter with defense on their minds. Defensive ends Gunner Wilhite, and Matt Moss began forcing the Falcon’s backs into the middle where Luke Suchomel and linebacker Dane Stimbert stopped them cold. However, neither offense was able to make up much ground in period three. In the final stanza, Stewart gave the Zebras’ offense great field position by returning a punt to the Falcons’ 36-yard line. After moving the ball to the Colfax 34, Danny Leverton got the call. He cut to the outside and raced 34 yards into the end zone. Andy Boehm added the 2-point conversion to give the blue-and-gold had a 14-13 lead. Colfax then worked its way to Lincoln’s 39-yard line before the Zebras’ defense again dug in. The Falcons turned over the ball with 2 minutes remaining, and had no timeouts. Running backs Stimbert, Boehm, and Stewart were able to pick up 9 yards on three consecutive carries. A first down would seal the victory; a failure to do so would give Colfax the ball near midfield. Head coach Dan Williams and offensive coordinator didn’t hesitate. Stewart got the call, and didn’t disappoint. “This team really worked hard,” coach Dan Williams said of his team’s effort this season. “We’re real proud of them.” Williams also expressed his appreciation to all the parents, fans, and volunteers who have come forward to assist the program. He also thanked the Lincoln High School administration for all their support in helping make this championship season possible. Lincoln fans were not disappointed, and the Fighting Zebras’ future in football is looking bright. The Fighting Zebras freshman went undefeated in the Pioneer Valley League to claim the title. The young Lincoln squad finished with a 6-3 record, and a season to remember.