McClain O’Connor threw for five touchdowns as the Lincoln County High School football team defeated Battle Mountain 39-13 last Friday.
“I was real pleased with the effort,” said Coach Rich Ottley. “We were playing a school that was bigger than us in numbers and way bigger than us physically, and the kids just played real tough.”
O’Connor was nearly perfect throwing the ball, completing 18 of 20 passes. “I thought our passing game was exceptional and very efficient,” Ottley said. “That was big for us because one of the ways we had to equalize the difference in size was the throw the ball.”
The coach also praised his receivers. Cody Thornock caught four passes for 39 yards and scored two touchdowns. Mike Wood, Derek Mathews and Zach Florence each had touchdown receptions. “We did a good job,” Ottley said. “Our receivers caught the ball and got open.”
Battle Mountain is a northern team, so this was not a league win for the Lynx. They had an opening for a game and Battle Mountain filled it.
Ottley was also pleased with his team’s defensive effort. “I just thought our defensive coaches and the players really executed a great game plan on defense,” he said. “They kept them from scoring and our offense was really efficient with ball, and the kids just really stepped up against some tough competition and played the best ball they’ve played all year.”
O’Connor also had a rushing touchdown. Will Culverwell carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards.
The Lynx improve to 4-1 on the season and face a 3-2 Lake Mead team today at 2 p.m. at Henderson International.