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.