Marysville tops Lincoln 21-14

By: Galen Kusic Special to the News Messenger
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It was a tale of two halves again for Lincoln High as the Zebras came up just short to the host Marysville Indians 21-14 Friday night. “We lost a tough one last week, we thought we could come back and do it to them this week,” said Lincoln senior Matt Paul. “We just need to complete a game and come together as a team – that’s all it is.” Lincoln was down 21-0 after the first half in which Marysville scored three touchdowns within the first fourteen minutes. After a punt Marysville started at the Lincoln 35, and after two plays proceeded to score on a fade route to the corner. After a critical Lincoln turnover on downs at the Marysville 31, the good field position allowed the Indians to get back into the end zone quick with 10:35 left on the clock in the second quarter. The second half was a different story. The Zebras came out with a vengeance as they scored on the first drive of the second half. Paul punched it in from the two-yard line to give Lincoln its first score just minutes into the third quarter, making it 21-7. "Our line stepped up in the second half and our receivers got open,” Lincoln head coach Ken Lowe said. "We had to widen out our ends, it was just that power-play off tackle. Once we got some alignment problems squared away, we really shut them down." Lincoln began to move the ball through the air thanks to precision passing from Tyler Freymond and sure-handed receiving from Todd Hindenbrush. After turning the ball over on downs again and a tough interception down the field, the Zebras still didn't quit. After stifling the Marysville offense, Lincoln scored quickly with 5:01 left with a perfect 40-yard touchdown pass from Freymond to Paul in the end zone to cut the Indians lead to 21-14. "People started crowding the box and were sending pressure from everywhere," Lowe said. "We obviously had to open it up in the second half. Our receivers held on to the ball this week. If they continue to hold on to the ball, we can get a consistent run and pass game going." Lincoln held the Marysville offense, and eventually forced a turnover on downs with 59 seconds left to play. The Zebras were out of timeouts, and time was not on Lincoln's side. After Freymond slipped in the wet grass on first down, it was a scramble just to get two plays off before the game was over with Lincoln on the short end 21-14. "We've got three big ones coming up," Lowe said. "It's still do-able from here. If we win out, we go. We're going to give it our best shot, I still believe in these guys." As for the junior varsity squad, Lincoln beat Marysville 28-6 to improve to 7-0. Anthony Latu, Oscar Fernandez, Thomas Little and Calvin Sunia-Mafalio all contributed touchdowns in the win.