Lincoln takes on Sardis in 1st round
by LAVONTE YOUNG
Most coaches say you practice like you play, well if that is the case the Lincoln faithful will leave Keith Howard Memorial Stadium very happy tonight. The second seed Golden Bears host third seed Sardis in the first round of the playoffs tonight.

“We’ve had the best practice that we’ve had all season,” Lincoln head coach Ryan Herring said. “I am very happy and it could have come at a better time.”

Sardis enters tonight’s game looking to end a three game skid. Their last win came on the road against St.Clair County, 44-40 in Week 7. The Lions average 38 points per game on offense, but defensively, they allow 36.

“They are a blue-collar type team,” Herring said. “They remind me a lot of Heflin. They are scrappy kids; they have one real good running back. Every film that we got he is going to get his yards. We are going to have to do a pretty good job running to the ball and gang tackling.”

Herring believes playing a game of this magnitude at home is an advantage for his team.

Playing at home hasn’t always been a good thing for Lincoln. Two of their three defeats came at home.

“We will have a lot more people at the game,” Herring said. “That is always big. They have to travel. They have to get out their comfort zone and come here to Lincoln. It is always big when you are in the playoffs at home. Its not like you can’t win on the road, but you always want to be at home in the playoffs.”

Turnovers have been the Achilles Heel for Golden Bears (6-4) during their three game losing streak.

“Turnovers have just killed us lately,” Herring said. “On offense we have to protect the football. On defense, we are going to have to run to the ball and tackle. We have blocking on the offensive line as good as I have ever seen in my coaching career. I feel like we are going to block, but we are going to have to tackle and protect the ball.”
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