Lincoln Wins Battle Of The Fog Over Cole Camp

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
 The Lincoln Cardinals won a tough one at home over Cole Camp 14-0 in district play last Friday night. Instead of singing Starry, Starry Night, one could have sung Foggy, Foggy Night, as fans complained at half time they had trouble seeing the game. The players were able to see because they were at ground level and threw the ball deep all night long.
Lincoln, who had beaten Cole Camp just two weeks ago in Cole Camp 28-21, came into the game with an injured running back in Gage Kahler and a big surprise in QB-RB  Jackson Beaman.
After a scoreless first quarter, Lincoln thought they had a touchdown when Cole Camp’s Kaden Harms would complete a sideline pass to Garrett Strathman.  Strathman would fumble and Landon Bond would pick up the ball and race 18 yards for the TD only to have it called back on a penalty.
The half would end without either team able to score.
With 8:30 to go in the third quarter, Jackson Beaman, who because of surgery this past summer threw his first pass of the season just a week ago, took over at QB and threw a 21 yard pass to fellow QB Bo Kroenke on the right side of the field.  Then, he showed the magic in his arm with a 43 yard bomb to Nate Hesse in the left hand corner. Hesse made a great move in evading Harms and raced five yards in to the end zone for the first score of the game. Then, the ever present kicker, Devon Parrott ripped the uprights for the 7-0 lead.
Two big plays in the fourth proved to be the death blows for Cole Camp. After Tanner Bays, who amazed the crowd all night with his punting ability, would punt 49 yards to the Cole Camp 26 yard line. Nathan Jobe read a pass play perfectly and intercepted Harms on a short pass into the flat. Jobe commented, "I saw the QB drop back and read the play. It was just football." That set up magic show number two as Beaman would nail Hesse in the left hand corner of the end zone for their second TD on the night. Parrott was perfect and it was 14-0.
Then Cole Camp, who never gave up, would make a final charge to the Lincoln six yard line. Levi Betts picked off a Harms pass and ran it back some twenty yards to kill the huge threat.  
Cole Camp finished their unforgettable season at 6-5 .Senior Evan Shearer suffered his second head injury in two years that ended his playing career. His father, Head Coach Kevin Shearer , who coached the game on crutches, was injured in an earlier game after being slammed into by an opposing player on the sidelines.
Bays was 8-345 punting with a 61 yard dandy. Parker Engles and Betts had 16 tackles each, Bays had nine and Jobe had eight. Bo Kroenke was 3-7 passing with 24 yards and Jackson was 6-12 with 117 yards. Hesse was 3-75 receiving with the two TD’s. Beaman was 10-34 rushing and Kahler was 9-22 and was benched for safe keeping in the second half. Joe Bittner was all over the field on both sides of the ball.
Lincoln at 10-1 will travel to Midway 11-0  this coming Friday. Midway defeated Warsaw 19-6 in the first game of the season.
P.S. You can watch on the field post game interviews of both coaches and players on Johnie Logue’s Sports Supremacy Facebook page.