Lincoln Loses To Lockwood In Epic Battle

Johnie Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Lincoln Cardinals were one step away for a trip back to the final four but came up short in a 40-33 wild quarter final loss against Lockwood on the road last Saturday. They ended up 11-1 in a story book year and proved a few critics wrong along the way.
Lockwood would score first at the 7:54 mark and made it look pretty easy on a 21 yard run. The kick was good and it was 7-0.
The Lincoln coaches told the boys to get it back and they did so in a hurry as Dominic (The Dominator) Simmons would take the kickoff to the one yard line. Then Derek Stephens would  crash in for the TD and then score the PAT and the Cardinals led 8-7 at 7:40.
The Cardinals would get big break on a fumble recovery on the 18 yard line. It was Stephens again and Devon Parrot made the kick for the 15-7 lead.
Lockwood’s Quarterback Paxton Masterson would hit his receiver for a sixty yard run only to be caught by Simmons on the 23 yard line. They would score to make it 13-15 with a failed PAT at the 3:16 mark.
Lincoln made it 25-13 and as the fans were headed to the concession stand before the half, Masterson released his magic arm again with a  47 yard strike to Jack Purinton after a Lockwood time out with mere seconds left.
The kick was good and it was now 25-20.
Lockwood would take the lead with the opening kickoff in the second half by Logan Sparkman.
While Masterson took apart Lincoln’s pass defense, the Lockwood Tigers had no answer for Stephens on the ground. He would score again but Lockwood tied the game at 33-33 on a 46 yard pass to Sparkman.
Jackson Beaman and Stephenson switched off and on at quarterback and in the end it would come down to Beaman finding a receiver open. Lockwood would go ahead early in the fourth on a 64 yard pass to Sparkman and it was 40-33. Neither defense would allow another point over the game’s final 11 minutes.
Masterson lived up to his name as he completed six of eight attempts for 200 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Lockwood known for their split back veer backfield,  showed their speed time and time again after every catch.
 Sparkman caught three passes for 122 yards and a pair of scores. Purinton had two receptions for 70 yards and a score. Justin Nentrup rushed for 97 yards on just nine carries. Senior Josh Osterdyk caught Masterson’s other touchdown pass. Lockwood out-gained Lincoln 375-269.
 Stephens finished with 84 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries. Dominic Simmons racked up 105 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. Beaman completed 13 of 20 attempts for 111 yards. Parrot had a 33 yard field goal in the first half. Caleb Smith had a sack and recovered a huge fumble.
The win puts Lockwood in the Final Four for the first time since the Tigers were state runner-up back in 2001.
Coach Adam Curtis commented, “Obviously the season didn’t end how we wanted it to today.  But I couldn’t be more proud of the boys, they had a fantastic season. We are really going to miss our seniors.  I’ve been watching those kids play since they were in 3rd & 4th grade. They are good football players but they are also great kids.  They have all been contributing in big ways since they were sophomores and to only lose three games these last three  years is just amazing. They graduate winning more football games than any other Lincoln class. They will be greatly missed.”
Coach Curtis who took over for former head coach Danny Morrison, did an outstanding job this season. Again, they were picked by Pigskin magazine to go 6-3. It was a great game and a great season and will be long remembered by fans.
However we are not finished just yet. The post season awards will soon start rolling in for the Cardinals. So stay turned.