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Lincoln County High School’s Falcons took on the Cascade Champions in the first game of the Pencil City Jamboree held in Shelbyville Friday night.
The two quarters of action finished tied at 7-7.
Cascade is a member in a tough District 12-AA. In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Champions were selected to finish fourth behind Christ Presbyterian Academy, Giles County and Marshall County. Page and Spring Hill round out the predictions. In playoff action, Cascade is a 3-A team.
The Falcons won the toss and took first possession. With the absence of a live kicking game, LCHS started at their own 30 yard line.
Lincoln County marched 70 yards for a score, eating over six minutes off the clock. During the series, quarterback Eli Eason connected with Brandon Carter and Shelton Smith in the air. Luke Phillips was the workhorse on the ground.
The Falcons had a third and 1 situation at the Champions’ six yard line. Phillips took it inside the two for a first down. It took Lincoln County four plays to stick it in but Phillips found pay dirt with 5:22 in the first quarter. Colton Wicks’ PAT was good, and LCHS was up 7-0.
But, the advantage would be short lived. Cascade started at their own 30-yard line. After picking up two first downs passing, the Champions were at the Falcon 31. On the following play, Cascade went to the air deep for a score. The PAT was good, and with 2:56 remaining in the first period, it was knotted at 7-7.
LCHS took the following possession from the 30 yard line to the 47 but the drive stalled. It was a 7-7 ball game at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams played into their benches in the second quarter. With 3 seconds remaining in the period, the Champions had moved to the 11 yard line but a field goal attempt for the win went wide right and it finished tied at 7-7.
Lincoln County kicks off its season on the road in Giles County Friday night starting at 7 p.m.