JASPER — Lincoln's faced its share of run-heavy teams this season, but none of those opponents have utilized their offensive scheme to perfection better than Jasper did Friday.
Quarterback Blake Mann rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and the Wildcats barreled through Lincoln with 408 yards on the ground in a 48-0 blanking in their Southern Indiana Athletic Conference finale at Jerry Brewer Field.
Lincoln's offense didn't fare as well, putting up just 155 total yards. Jasper (7-2) pushed the margin to 35-0 by halftime, earning a running clock for the second half due to the IHSAA mercy rule, and the
The Alices (3-6) played their reserves all but one series after the intermission.
Lincoln coach Levi Salters said the biggest difference in the game was the mindset of each team.
“(Jasper) does a good job with their system, running that triple-option,” he said. “They're kids are aggressive with it, and they get after it up front. We just couldn't get anything going.
“These are high school kids, 16, 17, 18 years old, and a lot of it is just mentality. Jasper has some good players, but it's not like they're trotting out a lot of Division-1 players. (Mann) is a very good player, don't get me wrong, but it's all between the ears. We have to come out mentally prepared with everyone ready to do their assignments. When you do those little things correctly, everything else usually takes care of itself.”
Lincoln's best chance to swing momentum its way was on the opening series. The Wildcats needed just nine plays to march inside the Alices' 30, but a holding penalty set them back. Lincoln put Jasper in
a 4th-and-13 at the 27, and Julius Hardiman appeared to have Mann in his sights on the pass attempt. But Mann escaped, and a secondary breakdown allowed Jack Ahlbrand to get loose in the end
zone. He hauled in Mann's pass for the first score, and Alex Sermersheim added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first.
“We didn't expect them to throw it much, but our secondary has got to keep playing,” Salters said. “You can't stop, thinking the quarterback is down. You have to continue to play until the whistle.”
A Hardiman 11-yard rush on Lincoln's second play went for a first down, but the Alices only managed two more first downs the rest of the half. After a punt, Jasper gave Lincoln back possession on a fumble, but a pair of false start penalties killed the drive.
The Alices aided the Wildcats' next two scoring drives with personal foul penalties. Mann rushed in from 8 yards out with :58 left in the first quarter, and Ahlbrand grabbed a 23-yard pass from Mann with 9:33 showing in the second. Mann added the other two TDs in the first half on runs of 47 and 1 yards.
The only other bright spot for the Alices in the first half was a successful fake punt, as Blake Mincey connected with Elijah Hovland for a 27-yard gain down to the Jasper 32 early in the second
period, but the drive stalled shortly after.
Jasper spread around its rushing attack as it didn't have anyone reach 100 yards. Caleb Burger led the way with 91, and Evan Crowder added 79 yards and a TD on eight carries against Lincoln's second-string defense in the second half.
E Smith had 23 yards on three carries for Lincoln, and Hardiman finished with 22 yards on six carries. Quarterback Eric Vickers struggled, completing 2-of-12 for 11 yards.
“The message to our kids is that we just need to start over,” Salters said, pointing to the postseason starting next week. “We have to get back to working hard and make some positive things happen for us. The kids need that. We got some more kids in the game, and that was good, because those kids work hard too. We just need to build some confidence and get back to doing what we do.”
Lincoln begins play in Class 3A Sectional 30 at Owen Valley at 7 p.m. next Friday.
JASPER 48, LINCOLN 0
First downs |7 |24
Rushes-yards |22-95 |41-408
Passing (C-A-I) |7-20-1 |5-8-0
Passing yards |60 |77
Total yards |155 |485
Punts-avg. |5-29.4 |0-0.0
Fumbles-lost |2-0 |3-1
Penalties-yards |5-50 |5-35
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lincoln |0-0-0-0 — 0
Jasper |14-21-6-7 —48
J — Jack Ahlbrand 27 pass from Blake Man (Alex Sermersheim kick) 7:01 1st qtr.
J — Mann 8 run (Sermersheim kick) :58, 1st qtr.
J — Ahlbrand 23 pass from Mann (Sermersheim kick) 9:53 2nd qtr.
J — Mann 47 run (Sermersheim kick) 6:43 2nd qtr.
J — Mann 1 run (Sermersheim kick) 2:00 2nd qtr.
J — Grant Young 4 run (kick failed) 3:10 3rd qtr.
J — Evan Crowder 6 run (Sam Leonard kick) 6:40 4th qtr.
RUSHING — Lincoln: E Smith 3-23, Julius Hardiman 6-22, Jackson Johnson 5-17, Blake Mincey 1-10, Eric Vickers 3-9, Austin Wagoner 1-7, Jackson Stone 1-3, Coleton Pfoff 1-2, Zach Steffey 1-2. Jasper: Caleb Burger 7-91, Mann 9-81 (3 TDs), Crowder 8-79 (TD), Isaac Day 2-60, Luke Dawkins 7-50, Young 6-31 (TD), Charlie Kabrick 2-16.
PASSING — Lincoln: Mincey 1-1-0, 27; Vickers 2-12-0, 11; Pfoff 2-3-1, 14; Steffey 2-4-0, 8. Jasper: Mann 5-8-0, 77 (2 TDs).
RECEIVING — Lincoln: Elijah Hovland 1-27, Ty McNeece 2-10, Mincey 1-8, Stone 1-7, Wagoner 1-5, Smith 1-3. Jasper: Ahlbrand 2-50 (2 TDs), Burger 2-16, Connor Foley 1-11.