Lincoln fell 21-7 to Benjamin Russell in the Golden Bears’ home fall jamboree.
Lincoln head coach Ryan Herring said he wasn’t too concerned with the loss.
“We went out and played conservatively, just like we wanted to,” Herring said. “Those games don’t really matter. The games that matter start this week.”
Lincoln lost to Leeds 28-14 in their last meeting in 2007.
After winning the state championship in 2010, Leeds went 10-3 last season. Starting the year ranked No. 1, but fell to No. 6 to finish the season.
The Green Wave scored 422 points in 2011, for a game average of 32.5 and allowed just 12.4 points per game.
Undefeated at home, Leeds was just 3-3 on the road last season.
The game will be televised on WABM MY68, but Herring said that doesn’t add any pressure.
“That doesn’t make any difference, really,” Herring said. “You want to win all of them, and of course you want to win with a lot of people watching. We just need to focus on our game.”
Last season, Lincoln recorded a respectable 7-5 record and went to the second round of the AHSAA Class 4A playoffs. The Golden Bears average 21.7 points scored a game and 22 points allowed per game.
Lincoln managed better on the road, with a 5-1 record with away games and just 2-4 at home.
Herring said his team has looked good in practice since the loss to Benjamin Russell.
“We’ve been trying to just correct the mistakes we made in that game,” Herring said. “Just try to practice a little more. We know it’s going to be a battle tomorrow night. Hopefully, we can do our part and make it be a fun game to watch.”
The first-year head coach for the Golden Bears wasn’t discouraged by the preseason loss. In a game he said didn’t matter, the things he saw wrong were easily fixable.
“We had little mental errors on both sides of the ball that we’ve got to improve on,” Herring said. “It almost always boils down to the little things. If you get those right, the big things look better.”
With a roster heavy on sophomores, the Golden Bears will need their key players to step up against Leeds.
“We need TJ Truss to play well; we need Tykey Sillmon to play well,” Herring said. “We need all our guys to play well. We just need them to do their job. That’s our motto around here, just do your job.”
Lincoln’s schedule is a rough one, with many key match ups on the road. The Golden Bears will have to show more fight to win this season.
“We were really basic on both sides of the ball and that’s what I wanted to do, be really basic,” Herring said. “Just keep it simple stupid, that’s all we’re trying to do this week. We’ll try to add a few more things because this game counts.”