It was a huge win for the Lincoln County High football team as they beat Agassi Prep at home 36-18 and solidified the top seed in the Division III Southern League.
“They played amazing,” Lincoln coach Rich Ottley said. “We were up against a team that was way bigger than us in size.”
Agassi had a player that weighed over 260 pounds and one that weighed 380 pounds, according to the coach. “They had some running backs and some great speed,” he added. “But our defense did a great job. We had some T’s and some raids that was a game plan that we could come up with, and the kids executed it really well.”
McClain O’Connor had 123 yards and two touchdowns rushing and threw for 135 yards, completing 13 of 20 passes. “He had a quarterback draw that he took for a 45-yard touchdown, that was a huge play,” Ottley said. “Then he set us up in a great field with a couple of punt returns.”
Cody Thornock had 92 yards total offense, nine carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns and four catches for 32 yards. Will Culverwell had a 4-yard touchdoawn run in the third quarter as well. “They just did a good job,” Ottley said. “Everybody played well, and especially as a team we did a great job, and the kids just played to their potential.”
The reward for being the top seed: another meeting with The Meadows, a team Lincoln defeated without some of its key players in a 22-20 overtime thriller in Las Vegas. However, this time the Lynx take on the Mustangs at home, tonight at 7 p.m.
The Lynx finished the regular season 9-1 and 7-1 in league play. The Meadows (6-4, 5-3) are coming off three street wins including a playoff-clinching, 45-6 win against Lake Mead last week.
Heading into tonight’s game, Ottley takes little comfort in having home field advantage or the fact the Lynx haven’t lost a game since early September.
“It’ll be a tough game,” he said. “When you get into the playoffs, everybody’s good, and Meadows is always really well-coached.”
Ottley added, “It’ll all come down to who kicks better and plays harder. When you get to this point, when you’re down to the best eight teams, then all the games are tough.”