Lincoln, Beaman, Too Much For Midway

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Lincoln Cardinals defeated Midway 27-0  on the road in the Class 1 District 4 title game last Friday night to advance to the state quarterfinals. The reemergence of Jackson Beaman as Lincoln’s starting quarterback has turned a good team into a real threat of making the final four and perhaps even going further.
While they couldn’t  do anything about the cold, it was all Lincoln from the very start as they won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. They recovered a fumble on the kickoff and Beaman, after showing the magic in his arm, plunged in for the score. Devon Parrot’s extra point was blocked, which was one of the few things that went wrong on the night for the high flying Cardinals.
Beaman picked apart the Vikings defense on sustained drives all night long. With 2:22 left on the clock, Beaman would hit Nate Hesse with a 32 yard bomb and then take it to the house for the 12-0 lead. Parrott would hit this one and it was 13-0 after one.
The second quarter was a struggle for both teams as neither scored. The same could be said for the third quarter. Viking QB and DB Josh Yahnig would pick off a Beaman pass at 6:02 and it looked like Midway finally had some momentum going their way .However, Lincoln’s defense would hold up and Midway would also stop the Cardinals deep in their own territory but Tanner Bays would punt to the Vikings eight yard line. Midway used the quick kick a few times to confuse Lincoln but to no avail.
In the fourth, Beaman would rifle a pass to Bo Kroenke, sitting up a pass to Nate Hesse to the ten yard line and Beaman would ramble in for the score and the 20-0 lead after Parrott ripped the extra point.
Joe Bittner would pick off a pass and was tackled on the 20 that set up another Lincoln drive. With the chance to just take a knee and run the clock out with time running out, Lincoln decided to allow Beaman to score again.
Midway would get the ball back on the kickoff and take a knee to end the game.
Dustin Roark and Nathan Jobe both had big sacks on the night. Parker Engels had eight tackles and was 8-21 rushing. Hesse was 5-74 receiving and Kroenke was 7-92.
Beaman was 15-30 passing for 180 yards and 28-103 rushing.
Coach Kevin LaFavor commented, “ It was a great game. Our kids came out of the locker room with some passion and fire. We were able to control them on both sides of the ball and we had lock down defense. I believe they had roughly 90 total yards all game. Our kids are starting to get hot at the right time and if our offensive and defensive lines continue to play like that then we will always be a threat to win each game.
 Lincoln 11-1 will host Adrian 11-1 this coming Saturday. Midway beat Adrian for their only lost of the season.