After their first scheduled game against Yerington was canceled, the Lynx have had to wait to kick off the 2016 season.
Last year, the team was 11-2 overall and 7-1 in league play. They came close to a title, losing at the state championship game against Yerington, which won its third straight championship. The Lynx held the high-powered Lions scoreless in the second half of that game but couldn’t get in the endzone to make up a 13-point deficit and lost 21-8.
Head coach Richard Ottley gets much of last year’s team back to climb the mountain again, and Ottley feels there’s enough talent to have another shot at the title.
But there’s much work to do to get to that point, starting with 6 p.m. away game at West Wendover on Thursday. The Wolverines, who are part of the Northern 2A, are 0-1 after dropping their home opener against The Meadows in a contest that was never close.
The Lynx last matched up with West Wendover two years ago in Panaca, where Lincoln trounced the Wolverines 59-7. In that game the Lynx relied heavily on their ground game with 275 yards rushing, led by Derek Shumway and Will Culverwell who each carried for 82 yards, according to stats from NevadaPreps.com.
Senior quarterback Cody Thornock is preparing to take over as starting quarterback, while seniors Zack Florence (TE), Derek Mathews (RB) and junior wide receiver Landon Smith will look to help carry the offensive load.
Thornock (SS), senior Zach Rowe (LB), Smith (DB) and sophomore McKinley O’Connor (LB) will help power the defense.
Lincoln doesn’t play again until Sept. 16, when the team hosts Lake Mead at 7 p.m. in Panaca.