“We had some bad things happen to us (in the first half of the season), but we had opportunities to win all those games,” Wallace said. “Starting in Week 5, we said it was a new season. We knew we had a way back to get in the playoffs if we could make some things happen.”
Thursday night was another step in that journey – Lincoln defeated 4A Region 5 opponent Alexandria 28-13 at Keith Howard Memorial Stadium. The win moved the Bears to 4-4 on the season, and 4-2 in region play.
“I think we’re no worse than fourth (in the region) now,” Wallace said. “We’re still fighting for second.”
The key for the Bears on Thursday was the ground game – backs Jamario Howard and Jalen Turner combined for 220 yards and a touchdown. The biggest score of the game was a 36-yard run by Howard on the third play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter that turned a taut 14-6 affair into a 21-6 game.
“That was really the turning point,” said Wallace. “Once we got it to 21, that kind of sealed our fate.”
Defensively, Lincoln kept thwarting the Valley Cubs (3-5, 3-3) most of the night. The Golden Bears held the Cubs on downs twice, and were the beneficiary of a missed field goal just before the half. Alexandria got 269 yards rushing in the game, but broke through only once – a one-yard run by Alton Davis in the third quarter.
Davis led the Valley Cubs with 95 yards on 18 carries.
“Lincoln is a good team,” Alexandria head coach Mark Tucker said. “They’re playing really well right now. We weren’t able to establish the run consistently, and we weren’t able to keep them from the big play, and that was pretty much the game.”
The Golden Bears got three touchdowns from Jaunta’vius Johnson, who scored on all three of his touches from five, four and 10 yards away.
“We know when we give him the ball, he will get into the end zone,” Wallace said. “He plays all the reps on defense, and then he goes in and does his job on offense.”
Both teams continue region play next week – Alexandria travels to Jacksonville, while Lincoln will host Cleburne County.
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