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South Lincoln’s Middle School Eagles wrapped up their 2013 season undefeated at 8-0 after knocking off Highland Rim at the Hornets’ nest, 20-8, on Thursday of last week.
“I’m proud of this team and the staff for their hard work,” said Coach Ben Fuhs. “They’ve kept their nose to the grindstone and got better each week. They’ve been a great bunch of kids to coach.”
With 25 eighth graders on the team, one might think that this was their year, and it was; but with a roster of 50 and 25 returning from this successful team next year, the Eagles’ program may be reloading for some time. Add the community support developing South Lincoln’s own playing field – the Eagles have shared fields with Flintville since the school was built – and the Eagles may maintain as the dominant force in the county.
Ground was broken for an all-purpose field in June of this year.
Against Highland Rim, the Eagles’ defense forced two turnovers and capitalized on both. By the intermission, South Lincoln was up 20-0.
South took the opening kick the second half but was forced to punt. The Hornets controlled the ball most of the third and fourth quarters with hard running and put points on the board late in the final period followed by a good two-point conversion.
Things remained interesting as Highland Rim tried an onside kick and recovered. But, the Eagles’ defense held, taking over on downs. South Lincoln finished the game taking a knee for the win.
Blanche was to have traveled to play the Hornets on Tuesday of last week but the game was postponed due to rain. It was rescheduled for Tuesday of this week with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.