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Lincoln football suffers double overtime loss

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Cambridge City Lincoln football team grabbed a 14-8 lead after one quarter, and maintained the edge through the first half with a 22-14 lead going into the locker room, but was unable to hold it through the third, as Tri-Eastern Conference foe Winchester tied the game with a score and two-point conversion, heading into the fourth quarter.

The game would go to two overtimes, a two-point conversion by the Golden Falcons in the second extra frame making the difference in a 42-40 loss for the Golden Eagles.

Quarterback Alex Bertsch finished with 218 yards passing on 17 completions, tossing three touchdowns a pair of two-point conversions, to lead Lincoln in the effort.

Leading receivers for the Eagles were Mason Dick with 109 yards (on five receptions) and Darian Bishop with 61 yards (four receptions). Dick caught a pair of touchdowns, and Bishop added another.

Alex Hokey wound up leading LHS on the ground, the sophomore runner carrying the football 22 times for 75 yards. He scored three touchdowns.

Winchester did most of its offensive damage on the ground, as Marshall Melton finished with 218 rushing yards on 30 carries, and three scores.

Quarterback Brayden Tippett attempted only eight passes in the game, completing three of them for 66 yards. Two of those three completions, however, were good for touchdowns, one to Gavin Thompson and the other to Brooks Burleson.

Defensively, Nick Anderson finished with a dozen tackles to lead Lincoln. Blaine Cowan added nine.

FC football falls in home tilt to Batesville

BROOKVILLE — Trailing 10-0 after one quarter, things got even worse by halftime for the Franklin County football team, Friday night at home against Batesville. The Bulldogs added 13 points, to their total, taking a 23-7 lead into the break, on the way to a 44-13 victory.

Franklin County didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 11:55 mark in the second quarter, Augustus Runyon capping a drive with a seven-yard run. Cole Rapp followed with the extra point, and the Wildcats trailed at that point by only three 10-7.

But a 65-yard touchdown reception by Batesville’s Jake Cruse (his second of the game), followed by another touchdown grab, this one by Austin Siefert with 28 seconds remaining in the half, pushed the Bulldogs back out to a 16-point advantage.

The visitors added 14 points to their half of the scoreboard in the third quarter, increasing the lead to 37-7 heading into the final frame.

The Wildcats posted their final points, courtesy of a 15-yard pass from Brady Murray to Clayton Spurlock with 3:46 left to play in the game.

BHS quarterback Trey Heidlage finished with 286 yards passing on 16 completions. He also paced the Bulldogs on the ground with 100 yards rushing.

Franklin County was led by Runyon on the ground with 54 yards on 19 carries. Runyon also threw the football for 133 yards on nine completions.

UC dropped to 4-4 with non-conference loss

LIBERTY — Surrendering a trio of touchdowns in the first quarter, the Union County football team found itself unable to recover on Friday, falling at home against non-conference foe Monroe Central, 38-12.

Seth Wilson scored all three of the early scores for the Golden Bears, running the ball in from distances of 30, 19 and 1 yard out.

Union County quarterback Mason Wicker finally got the Patriots on the board in the first, scoring on a four-yard run. Wilson would push the lead back to three touchdowns, however, scoring on a 73-yard run, prior to the start of the second quarter.

In the thrid, the visitor would put two more touchdowns in the book, effectively putting the game away.

In the final frame, Ryan Hensley caught a 36-yard toss from Wicker, accounting for UC’s final points in the game.

Wilson finished with 151 yards on the ground, scoring the four touchdowns, to lead all runners in the game. Tucker Coffman (69 yards) and Wicker (66) paced the Patriot running game.

Wicker passed for 61 yards on eight completions.