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Lincoln Squeaks Past Wilson for League Title
By Steven Dion
The Abes are quickly climbing up the ranks in 3A as Lincoln has put up big scoring totals to go with an undefeated record thus far. However, the primary team in the Narrows that has been breathing down Kitna and Co.’s necks all season long has been Wilson. That didn’t stop Kitna from sitting several players down, who do not meet the academic standards Kitna has set for his team. He wasn’t shy starting two freshman offensive linemen against a tough Wilson squad. This would be a true test for the Abes.
The Rams entered the contest 6-1 and had a chance to take the lead in the league standings. In fact, a Wilson win would essentially assure they would claim 3A Narrows and earn a first round bye in the playoffs. Something had to give in the rain-soaked Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.
WHS led by Don Clegg took advantage of the Lincoln offensive line that was loaded with second string players due to off-the-field issues with several starters. Abe quarterback Jordan Kitna threw an early pick under heavy pressure which led to a Ram field goal off the right leg of Alex Greenleaf. The red and white had the lead and captured early momentum. Before the conclusion of the first frame, Kitna found nimble-footed Tony Archie on a 9-yard strike in the corner of the endzone for six. A no-good two point conversion by Lincoln kept the lead at three. Before halftime, Greenleaf attempted to tie it up on a long field-goal but the harsh elements took a toll on the airborne pigskin and left it short. At the half, the Abes maintained their 6-3 lead.
Wilson carried their tenacity through a lengthy halftime as the first play from scrimmage in the second half was a pick by Julius Yates-Brown. Yates-Brown is also the quarterback for the Rams so he helped his own cause early in the second! However, the turnover did not result in any points. In fact, the score did not change in the third. Greenleaf had another shot to tie up the ballgame early in the fourth, but the kick was blocked. Lincoln put the nail in the coffin on a deep pass down the sideline to set up Marcus Johnson for a one yard touchdown run. The Abes remain undefeated by the final score of 12-3.
Tony Archie – 9 yard game-winning touchdown run
Julius Yates-Brown – Defensive INT, Major producer on offense.