Steve Mullen attended Stadium's wild 35-27 win over Lincoln tonight and filed this report.
Rivalry games are usually much anticipated games each year by fans and alumni alike. Long time rivals take a back seat to no one and on Friday night at Lincoln Bowl the two oldest high schools in the city got together for what was an absolute classic.
The Stadium Tigers, behind the 168 yards of John Collins, defeated their cross town rivals the Lincoln Abes by a score of 35-27.
“Our guys up front on the o-line were really rolling and we had to be to offset the fantastic night that Thompkins (Emanuel) had,” said Stadium head coach Jess Nelson. The game was a seesaw affair with each team trading ground pounding punches all game long.
Thompkins, who finished with a game high 313 yards, was an awesome force for the Abes.
“Emanuel worked his tail off all night,” said Lincoln head coach Mike Merrill of his talented senior back.
The key play of the game came with Stadium nursing a one point lead with just a little more than three minutes to go. On third-and-20 from the Lincoln 36, quarterback Tyler Stumph threw a backwards pass to Tre Scott, who found a wide open Cody Doiron behind the defense for a score that put Stadium up by eight. They would clinch the win when Thompkins fumbled into the end zone with a minute and a half left as the Tigers recovered and ran out the clock from there.
“We’ve got to go play that real tough Bellarmine team next Friday night with all that talent, we’ll have to be more than ready,” said Nelson.
By Steve Mullen