Woodcreek takes big advantage of Lincoln mistakes

T’wolves were hungry to avenge 2010 loss
By: Bill Poindexter Gold Country Media
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There were plenty of opportunities to go around when Woodcreek High School visited Lincoln in a football season opener Saturday night. Lincoln fumbled its chances. Woodcreek put its opportunities in the end zone. If the Timberwolves brought with them a feeling to avenge last year’s 28-21 loss, they did it with a vengeance. After Lincoln suffered through the burning of a railroad tanker car just days before Woodcreek came in and burned them again, 54-6. Several firefighters and others were honored at halftime for their roles in putting out the threatening fire earlier in the week. The fire caused officials to move the game from Friday to Saturday. “It was one of those first games. We had some adversity this week,” said Lincoln head football coach Ken Lowe. “Great Woodcreek team. They’re probably going to go on and do OK.” Lincoln’s lone score came after Isaac Allen took a screen pass 56 yards to the T’wolves 16-yard line. The Zebras moved the ball down to the 1-yard line where Allen ran it in for the game’s first touchdown. The Zebras shut down the first two drives Woodcreek made; one ended on an interception by Eric Corter. But after that it seemed Lincoln simply couldn’t hold onto the ball, or the Timberwolves. “We put the first points on the board. Putting the ball on the ground, that’s what killed some of our big drives,” Lowe said. The Timberwolves senior quarterback Shaun Mize had a big night throwing for 14 completions on 18 attempts, plus two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Mitchell Layton rolled up 138 yards on 18 carries and also had two touchdowns. In spite of Woodcreek’s 54 points, the Timberwolves’ head coach John Hildebrand wasn’t impressed with his offense. “We were doing some nice things but shooting ourselves in the foot,” Hildebrand said. “The defense set the tone. It was awesome,” Allen again got the Fighting Zebras into scoring position at the beginning of the second half with a 29-yard run to Woodcreek’s 15, but a fumble ended that drive. Woodcreek would score eight plays later. Woodcreek’s first score also came on a fumble recovery after the Timberwolves’ Skyler Radar jumped on a loose ball. The visitors picked up their third score following an interception, and their seventh touchdown came after a Timberwolves’ recovery of another Lincoln fumble. Lincoln travels to Natomas to try and spoil the Nighthawks’ season opener this Friday. Around the Pioneer Valley League last week, Bear River defeated Cordova, 37-13, Colfax outscored El Camino, 61-30, and Foothill ran away from El Dorado, 53-18. Placer and Center did not play. Woodcreek 54, Lincoln 6 Woodcreek 0 20 13 21 — 54 Lincoln 0 6 0 0 — 6 Linc — Allen 1 run (run failed) Wood — Nogosek 33 pass from Mize (Poon kick) Wood — Hassell 82 pass from Mize (Poon kick) Wood — Layton 4 run (kick failed) Wood — Mize 3 run (Poon kick) Wood — Layton 46 run (kick failed) Wood — Beaber 72 punt return (Poon kick) Wood — Nogosek 44 run (Poon kick) Wood — Chaney 80 run (Thompson kick) TEAM STATISTICS RUSHING — Woodcreek, 26-273. Lincoln, 40-150 PASSING — Woodcreek, 14-18-1, 272. Lincoln, 3-7-1, 68.