FLOYDS KNOBS — Lincoln’s offense showed some signs of life after a sluggish start on Friday, but turnovers ultimately proved too much to overcome.
The Alices threw six interceptions, and Floyd Central pulled away late, taking the last one back for a score to wrap up a 28-12 victory at Ron Wieglib Stadium.
Eric Vickers was the driving force behind Lincoln’s offense. The junior quarterback came off the bench in the second quarter to complete 15-of-27 passes for 228 yards and two scores. Torrence Gillis had both TD receptions, hauling in long strikes from 71 and 39 yards and finishing with 124 yards on four catches. Brody Ruggles had a big game receiving too, making six grabs for 88 yards. Andrew Brown led a strong defensive performance with three sacks in his season debut.
Regular starting quarterback Coleton Pfoff exited after a pair of early interceptions. Unfortunately for the Alices (1-2), Vickers threw a trio of interceptions too, and Blake Mincey tossed an interception on a fake-punt attempt.
Floyd Central running back Wenkers Wright carried the offense with 187 yards on 37 carries with three touchdowns. The Highlanders (2-1) finished with just 219 yards of offense, and 20 of Wright’s carries went for 2 yards or less.
After trailing 14-0 at halftime, Lincoln made things interesting when Vickers found Gillis for a 71-yard bomb with 5:02 left in the third.
Floyd Central got into Alices’ territory several times, and missed three field goal attempts, including one from over 50 yards. But the Highlanders ultimately seized control after Mincey’s interception set them up at the Lincoln 13. Wright ran in from 7 yards with 5:29 showing to make it a three-score game. On the very next play, Trace Willman intercepted Vickers and returned it 41 yards for the game-sealing score with 5:13 left.
Vickers engineered a late nine-play scoring drive that ended with a 39-yard scoring pass to Gillis with 2:15 left.
Lincoln’s offense did little before Vickers entered the game, producing three 3-and-outs and two interceptions in its first five series. After Wright rushed for 11 yards on the game’s opening play, the Alices kept him in check for a couple series, including a fourth-down tackle for loss by Julius Hardiman, which forced Floyd Central to play most of the first quarter in its own territory.
But facing 3rd-and 4 from their own 15 on their third series, Highlanders’ quarterback Tristan Polk faked to Wright, and Lincoln bit. Polk took it 43 yards to the Lincoln 42. Wright carried the next six plays, including a 25-yard jaunt and a 2-yard scoring run with :16 seconds showing. Cole Hussung’s extra point made it 7-0.
The teams swapped turnovers to close the opening period, but the Alices failed to move it again. On Floyd Central’s second play on the ensuing series, Wright broke free for a 54-yard scoring run, and Hussung’s kick made it 14-0 with 9:49 showing.
Following a second Pfoff interception, Vickers entered and gave the offense some life. He completed his first four attempts for 39 yards before being intercepted. Penalties killed Vickers’ other first-half drive, and the Alices went into the half down, 14-0.
Wright had 136 yards in the first half on 23 carries, touching the ball on all but seven of the Highlanders’ plays.
The Alices aim for their first Big Eight Conference win next Friday when they visit Mount Vernon at 8 p.m.
FLOYD CENTRAL 28, LINCOLN 12
First downs |7 |8
Rushes-yards |12-10 |44-196
Passing (C-A-I) |17-38-6 |3-12-0
Passing yards |233 |23
Total yards |243 |219
Punts-avg. |7-30.7 |4-45.8
Fumbles-lost |0-0 |2-1
Penalties-yards |7-53 |2-15
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lincoln |0-0-6-6 — 12
Floyd Central |7-7-0-14 — 28
FC — Wenkers Wright 2 run (Cole Hussung kick) :16, 1st qtr.
FC — Wright 54 run (Hussung kick) 9:49, 2nd qtr.
L — Torrence Gillis 71 pass from Eric Vickers (run failed) 5:02, 3rd qtr.
FC — Wright 7 run (Hussung kick) 5:29, 4th qtr.
FC — Trace Willman 41 interceptin return (Hussung kick) 5:13, 4th qtr.
L — Gillis 39 pass from Vickers (pass failed) 2:15 4th qtr.
RUSHING — LINCOLN: Stefan Hernandez 5-8, Coleton Pfoff 2-3, Rae Haislip 1-2, Julius Hardiman 3-(-1), Vickers 2-(-2). FLOYD CENTRAL: Wright 37-187 (3 TDs), Landon Deweese 1-7, Tristan Polk 6-2.
PASSING — LINCOLN: Vickers 15-27-3, 228, 2 TDs; Pfoff 2-6-2, 5; Baron Vieck 0-2-0, 0; Hardiman 0-2-0, 0; Blake Mincey 0-1-1, 0. FLOYD CENTRAL: Polk 3-12-0, 23.
RECEIVING — LINCOLN: Gillis 4-124 (2 TDs), Brody Ruggles 6-88, S. Hernandez 3-8, Simon York 1-8, E Smith 1-3, Favian Hernandez 2-2. FLOYD CENTRAL: Jaiden Mingus 3-23.