Lincoln Prep grabs win over Pembroke Hill
By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Pembroke Hill entered Friday’s matchup with Lincoln Prep sporting a modest five-game win streak against the Blue Tigers.
The fact was not lost on Pembroke Hill head coach Sam Knopik nor Lincoln Prep’s Henry Newell.
Using a ball control offense and taking advantage of a couple of Pembroke Hill turnovers, Lincoln Prep finally stopped he hex with a resounding 34-7 win on the road against the Raiders.
“This was a game we had to have,” Newell said. “We needed to win this game...we haven’t beaten these guys in about five or six years. It’s a big win; an important win.”
The victory was punctuated by a barrage of hooting and hollering as Lincoln Prep left the field and headed to the visitor’s locker room after the final horn.
Call it a collective sigh of relief.
“We haven’t beaten them in years,” Lincoln Prep wingback Kaylyn Davis said. Davis was one of two Blue Tigers who scored twice against Pembroke Hill. Senior running back Colandus Rucker also found the endzone twice and senior fullback Jabari Hopson also scored for Lincoln Prep. “It feels great.”
Lincoln Prep improved to 5-3 overall on the season. They remain 3-0 in Interscholastic League play with a championship showdown with Kansas City Central (3-4, 3-0 IL) on tap for next week.
“We’re feeling confident,” Davis said. “I think we’re going to win.”
Despite leading 7-0 nearly the entire first half, Pembroke Hill surrendered the next 34 points. With the lost the Raiders dropped to 2-6 as a Kansas Class 3 independent.
“Lincoln Prep is a very physical football team,” Knopik said. “They have a good brand of ball going on over there this year. We knew it was going to be a dogfight, but it wasn’t as much of a dogfight as we wanted it to be.
“We’ve got a nice rivalry going with Lincoln Prep over the years. I knew this year was going to be one that we were going to have to dig it out for four quarters.”
Newell said a repeat IL championship is great, but the Blue Tigers have bigger goals than a league crown.
“We’re looking to the playoffs,” Newell said. “Winning the IL is great, but we want to go beyond that.”
Seneca-Nemaha Valley Raiders
Knob Noster Panthers
Oak Park Northmen
St. Joseph Lafayette Fighting Irish
Platte County Pirates
Kansas City Central Blue Eagles