Kristina Lloyd Photo | Lincoln County High senior McKinley O’Connor brings down a Pershing County ball carrier in the state semifinals. The Lynx lost the game, 7-6

The Lincoln County High football team brought an end to their season on Nov. 10 in the state semifinal game against Pershing County, losing by the slimmest of margins, 7-6.

The Lynx had a chance to win the game after scoring their only touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but the two-point conversion failed.

Coach Raymond Wadsworth said it was “a game of inches.”

“It was a great game, a hard-fought game.”

He added, “Unfortunately, we came up a little short. Lovelock is a well prepared and well-coached team.”

Yards were hard to come by. Senior Noah Smith led the Lynx offensively with 45 yards.

Defensively, senior McKinley O’Connor and sophomore Hagen Boyce, both had 11 tackles. Senior Alex Vincent, junior Dean Ottley and sophomore Matt Hafen all had 10.

The defense came out strong in the first half. Both teams worked hard. The Lynx pushed back the Mustangs and got close to scoring but fell short. They kept with their plan to run the ball, handing it off to Smith to gain yards, but the Mustangs caught on and prevented them from scoring. The first half ended 0-0.

In the third quarter, the Mustangs wasted no time getting themselves in scoring position, running the ball, and scoring their first touchdown of the night. The ball went back and forth between the teams throughout the rest of the quarter. The Lynx fought hard to score but the Mustangs defense was too strong. They ended the quarter leading the Lynx by one touchdown.

During the fourth quarter, the Lynx continued to struggle to move the ball. With four minutes left, Smith ran the ball in for a touchdown, putting the Lynx one point behind. They tried for the two-point conversion, but the pass was blocked by one of the Pershing players. With the game almost over, the boys worked hard, but the Mustangs ran the clock out, bringing the game to an end.

“This season was fantastic,” Wadsworth said. “We fell short of our goal, but I’m very proud of the team and the hard work they put forth throughout the season.

He continued, “I’m really going to miss the strong leadership and experience of the seniors, but the younger guys will have to fill their shoes next year.”

The team had a good season and is looking forward to what next year brings.

In the other semifinal game, Needles defeated Battle Mountain, 48-27, and will play Pershing in the state final on Nov. 17.