“It was probably the weirdest game I’ve been a part of in 15 years being around high school football,” Lincoln head coach Ryan Herring said afterward.
His team did prevail, though. The Bears gained 636 total yards, did not punt and failed to score on only one possession the entire night. They defeated the Eagles 62-42.
“Offensively we never got stopped,” he said. “We stopped ourselves one time with a fumble. It was almost perfect.”
The biggest standout of the night was sophomore wideout Tredarian Gamble, who caught 8 passes for 179 yards and five touchdowns.
The last touchdown may have been the most impressive — Gamble hauled in a 21-yard pass from junior quarterback Chance Byrd in spite of drawing pass interference on the play.
“We know he has all the potential in the world,” said Herring.
Junior quarterback Chance Byrd had a huge night as well, completing 11-of-12 passes for 260 yards and six touchdowns. Senior Deylon Patterson caught the sixth score, a 65-yard catch-and-run that made the score 21-3 early in the second quarter.
On the ground, senior Tykey Sillmon carried the ball 16 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow senior T.J. Truss finished with 10 carries for 78 yards. Freshman Zay Caldwell scored a rushing touchdown as well, a 56-yard run from the Wildcat position.
The Eagles, 0-4 and 0-3 in region play, were nearly the equal of the Bears, 4-1 and 3-0 in region play. Hokes Bluff’s senior quarterback Brad Robertson completed 14-of-20 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns; he also ran in three scores himself.
“That’s the most points we’ve scored here in some time,” said head coach and dad Mike Robertson. “I’m proud of our quarterback and what he was able to do. We did some good things.
“I really hate this kind of football. I’d rather have a good old 14-7 type game. But that’s the way things are now.”
The Eagles’ two tailbacks — freshman Christian Beggs and senior Brandon Hawk — rushed for 112 and 101 yards, respectively. Hawk scored a touchdown rushing and caught a TD pass from Robertson, as well.
Robertson’s favorite receivers were senior Jacob Ponder, who caught 4 passes for 71 yards and a score; and senior Charlie Reed, who caught 4 balls for 114 yards.
“I’ll have to go back and look at the film to see what’s going on defensively,” Herring said. “We’ve got a lot of busted coverages and we didn’t tackle great. Those are things that have got to get corrected.”
Hokes Bluff will return home to face Glencoe next Friday. Lincoln travels to Etowah.
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