The Sideline

Sunday, August 28, 2016 This Week's Paper
Lincoln shocked by Timberline at home

The Timberline Blazers capitalized on numerous Lincoln mistakes and eight personal foul penalties to beat the Abes by a score of 26-20 on Friday night at Lincoln Bowl.

To say the Abes started slowly is an understatement. The Blazers held Lincoln to a total of 60 yards of offense in the first half – 50 yards through the air and a paltry 10 yards on 11 carries. But the Abes were still with striking distance at 21 -7 at halftime.

A different Abes team emerged from the locker room, but at crucial times they would manage to self-destruct and give the Blazers new life. A prime example came after a Jordan Kitna 63-yard touchdown pass to J’Maka Love to cut the Blazer lead to 21-14. Lincoln would force Timberline to go three-and-out on their next possession, but David Harper would pick an errant Kitna pass and race 48 yards untouched to the end zone and extend the Blazers’ lead to 26-14.

Unlike the first half, the Abes would answer back with a Kitna-to-Love 35-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 26-20 with 6:21 left. The backbreaker would come when Kitna underthrew a pass in the flat – in the Timberline red zone – and it was intercepted by the Blazers with 1:30 left to go in the game.

With the loss Lincoln fell into second place in the Narrows 3A, a game behind first-place Wilson, who defeated North Thurston on Friday night at Stadium Bowl. All eyes turn to Oct. 25 and a possible showdown at Lincoln Bowl between Lincoln and Wilson for the league title. But two weeks remain before that possibility exists.

Tacoma Rainiers