A lot of heads were hanging in the Lincoln locker room at halftime against Shelton. Down 28-7, it was hard to put a positive spin on the first half.
The second half was a much different story, as the Abes came all the way back to tie it 28-28 late in the fourth quarter. But a late interception combined with a halfback option pass gave Shelton the thrilling 34-28 win at Lincoln Bowl on Friday night.
Shelton’s Ralph Kinne did his usual damage, carrying the ball 38 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns as the league’s leading ball carrier pushed his season total to over 1,700 yards on the season. The High Climbers rushed 51 times for 300 yards on the night. J’Maka Love was impressive in bringing the Abes all the way back after a five interception performance last week in a loss at Timberline. He would throw 32 times, completing 17 for 204 yards and three touchdowns as Lincoln would put a major scare into the undefeated High Climbers.
Trailing 28-21 midway through the final quarter, Love would engineer an 11-play, 89-yard drive to tie it at 28 when he hit Joshua Eckwood for a one-yard touchdown strike with 2:49 left in the game.
A major key for Lincoln would be the play of the defense, holding Kinne to a mere 88 yards in the second half as the Abes would mount their incredible comeback. It would be all for naught, as freshman quarterback Chase Salisbury would hit David Ajamu in the back of the end zone with five seconds left in the game. A real heartbreaker, but also something to build on for these young Abes.