SHINNSTON — After a tight first half Friday night, the Lincoln Cougars (3-1) scored twice in the first three and a half minutes of the second half to take down the East Fairmont Bees (1-2) in the fog.
Ty Seibel rushed for 112 yards in each half and accounted for all three of the Cougars’ touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air.
Each team turned the ball over once in the first half, leading to a 7-6 score in favor of East Fairmont with just over two minutes left.
Lincoln, though, would drive down the field with a 37-yard pass from quarterback Jarrod Kellar to Dillon O’Dell, who led all receivers with five grabs for 112 yards. The Cougars would add a field goal on the foot of Emily Knight, who made the 28-yard try despite slipping, to take a 9-7 halftime lead. Knight would surprisingly go one-for-three on the night in extra points, after missing one and having one blocked.
“If two guys are going the same way, it opens up a big hole,” East Fairmont coach Bill Haddox said of his defense. “When you make mistakes, it shows.”
And the holes seemed to be there for Seibel, who finished with 224 yards on the ground.
For East Fairmont, quarterback Jake Delaney couldn’t seem to get a good connection going with 6-foot-5 receiver Miles Johnson, but he and Scotty Shroyer connected six times for 71 yards.
“We just didn't catch the ball as well as we thought we would,” Haddox said of the passing attack. “Our quarterback ran the ball real well, but sometimes the patterns were there and we didn’t execute them well enough with our passes.”
Delaney, who completed 13 of 23 passes for 106 yards in the game, also ran the ball five times for 72 yards for the Bees. Coach Haddox commended him on his decision making.
“We just either dropped the ball or didn’t throw it well enough, or didn’t block well enough at the opportune times.”
Shroyer also ran the ball 11 times for 53 yards and a 19-yard score.
Late in the third quarter, East converted on two long plays to keep the drive alive.
Delaney connected twice to Shroyer for passes of 16 yards and 25 yards on a 4th-and-16 and a 3rd-and-26 respectively.
But eventually the Bees would have to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Colin Harvath.
The Cougars would control the clock for the fourth quarter, taking the ball down field on a 12-play drive that would finish on the three yard line after a fumble. East Fairmont would go three-and-out on the ensuing drive and never get the ball back.
The Cougars pounded the ball on the ground before taking three kneel downs to end the game and leave with a 22-10 victory.
“Our kids tried hard, but the bottom line is that we just made mistakes,” Haddox said. “They just made less than us and we’re just going to have to go home and work on that.”
East Fairmont moves to 1-2 and is back in action next Friday at home against Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m.
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