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Second Half Dooms Varsity, Lose to Lincoln 28-21

Varsity vs Lincoln HS on 8/27/2010 7:30:00 PM
Posted Saturday, August 28, 2010 by The Roseville Press Tribune
Timberwolves score 21 in second period, then are run after by Zebras
By Robbie Enos

An amazing second quarter but dismal second half led to an exciting game for Woodcreek High on Friday night. But it didn’t have the intended outcome the Timberwolves had in mind, ending in a 28-21 loss to the Lincoln Fighting Zebras.

Woodcreek scored 21 points in the second quarter but was overmatched by Lincoln the rest of the game. Lincoln’s offensive line teamed up with four Zebras running backs to rush for 271 yards. Lincoln ran only eight pass plays all game and left the other 63 plays to the ground game.

It was a fitting ending for the Lincoln offense when Oscar Fernandez, who had 143 yards, sliced through the Woodcreek red-zone defense in the fourth quarter for a four-yard touchdown run that gave Lincoln a 26-21 lead with 33.2 seconds left. Fernandez topped it off with a two-point conversion score.

Quarterback Shaun Mize drove the Timberwolves to the Lincoln 48-yard line, but Lincoln sacked him, forcing a fumble, and ending the game.

Asked what the Timberwolves will work on in preparation for next week, coach John Hildebrand said, “Well, we better work on ball security.”

Leading up to that clutch score was an 18-play drive going 80 yards. The Zebras used their rushing attack to wear down the Woodcreek defense and take up nearly eight minutes and 26 seconds. At the start of the fourth quarter, Lincoln capped an eight-play drive with an 18-yard run from Hernandez and a touchdown sneak from quarterback Christian Perkins.

Woodcreek suffered key turnovers, including a fumble by Michael Blair after a reception that gave Lincoln the ball on the Woodcreek 35-yard line late in the third quarter. It didn’t help that Mize suffered pain in his legs and sat out the whole quarter. That left backup Ryan Kovach in the game, who fumbled two snaps that led to more turnovers.

“We turned the ball over way too many times in the second half,” Hildebrand said. “We were dismal on offense. You can’t leave a group of kids out there like that defensively for that long. There’s just no way that would have ever worked.”

Mize rushed for 73 yards and threw for 63, combining dual-threat weaponry that gave Woodcreek the early lead. But he couldn’t have done it without the help of Blake Cervantes and the running game.

Cervantes capped the Timberwolves’ exceptional second quarter with a 42-yard touchdown run with 29.8 seconds left. Cervantes challenged the middle of the Lincoln defense, getting assistance from center Mark Smith and guards Austin Keppell and Michael Hamilton, who reached the second level and cleared the lane for Cervantes.

Woodcreek scored another touchdown before halftime on a well-executed bootleg at the 5-yard line, when Mize rolled right and found Blair in the end zone.

When asked if there was any more he felt his team could have done to win, coach Hildebrand replied, “Heck yeah, we could have played like a fricken football team in the second half.”

Lincoln 28, Woodcreek 21

Lincoln 0 7 7 14 28
Woodcreek 0 21 0 0 21

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Lincoln, Oscar Fernandez 22-143, Anthony Esparza 17-72, Robert Humiston 9-28, Calvin Mafileo 8-18, Christian Perkins 7-10. Woodcreek, Blake Cervantes 11-91, Shaun Mize 9-73, Ryan Kovach 4-(minus-4), JJ Nourth 3-11, Michael Blair 2-6.

PASSING – Lincoln, Christian Perkins 3-8-1, 36. Woodcreek, Mize 7-13-1, 63; Ryan Kovach 1-1-0, 5.

RECEIVING – Lincoln, Robert Humiston 3-34, Mike Holt 1-9. Woodcreek,

Devon Murphy 3-30, Blair 2-10, Brandon Whitebear 1-15, Cervantes 1-9, Derrick Kimball 1-4.

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