Late start, East Jessamine hurt Patriots

August 24, 2003|JILL ERWIN

STANFORD - With less than two minutes to play in Friday night's Death Valley Bowl game against East Jessamine, Lincoln County coach Robbie Lucas implored his defense to stay on its toes against the Jaguars' offense.

"Stay awake, safeties. Stay awake, corners," Lucas shouted.

Of course, those words took on a different context considering it was 1:45 a.m.

Lincoln's game, scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m., instead kicked off at 11:30 and wrapped up shortly before 2 a.m. after rain and lightning delayed the opening game in the bowl.

But the bigger problem for the Patriots was that East Jessamine was wide awake from the get-go, as Wes Coleman compiled 230 yards rushing and the Jaguars dominated Lincoln 40-8.

"They handled (the late start) much better evidently," Lucas said. "I don't think it was a factor for us either way. It's just something the kids have to handle and have to get used to. It was a late start, but East Jessamine seemed to handle it pretty well."


The Jaguars scored on eight of their nine possessions against Lincoln, piling up 423 yards of total offense. While East Jessamine never had fewer than 71 yards in a quarter, the Patriots never had more than 55.

Coleman had 230 yards on 14 carries

Coleman was the main cog in East Jessamine's offensive machine. The senior picked up his 230 yards on only 14 attempts, an average of 16.4 yards a carry.

As a team, East Jessamine ran for 399 yards, running past, over and around Lincoln defenders all night.

"Defensively, we played very very poorly tonight," Lucas said. "Our tackling was not there. But they're a very good team with a lot of speed and a lot of size. They executed very well and we did not."

East Jessamine led 7-0 with four minutes to play in the first quarter, but Coleman soon doubled that point total when he rambled 70 yards for a touchdown with 3:43 to play to put the Jaguars up 14-0.

East led 20-0 at the half, and Coleman added a 25-yard touchdown with 8:55 to play in the third. East senior quarterback Patrick Hunt added a 1-yard run to put the Jaguars up 33-0 with 6:34 to play in the third quarter.

Finally Lincoln got on the board, but it was thanks to its defense. East Jessamine started at its own 12-yard line after a Logan Boyd punt, and after an incomplete pass, Daniel Sinkhorn sacked Hunt at the 5. Boyd followed with a sack of his own in the end zone, resulting in a safety and a 33-2 East lead.

Lincoln gets on the board

Lincoln then went on its only scoring drive of the game, moving the ball 56 yards in nine plays and ending with a 4-yard touchdown run by Jason Brummett with 9:00 to play.

East had one more score in it as Jason Fox scored on a 51-yard run with 11 seconds to play to set the final score.

"They're a nice 3-A team and they're going to win several more games," Lucas said. "They got a little something going there at the end and I was disappointed with the last play that went for 50 yards because we just kind of gave up. That disappointed me a great deal there."

Lincoln managed 142 yards of total offense. Boyd and Brummett handled the majority of the ground work, going for 50 and 44 yards, respectively.

Quarterback Chris Hart was 4-for-9 for 30 yards and didn't throw an interception.

Both teams hurt by penalties

However, both teams were hit hard by penalties. East Jessamine was flagged 10 times for 85 yards and Lincoln seven times for 70 yards.

This game doesn't hurt Lincoln as much as last year's 56-0 loss to the Jags because East Jessamine has moved out of the Patriots' district. Lucas said while this game will hopefully be a learning tool, no loss is easy to take.

"We're going to come in and work fundamentals once again," Lucas said. "The first five (games), we want every single one of them, don't get me wrong, but we're trying to get ready for district play. We're going to get better fundamentally in each facet of the game and make sure that we correct some of the mistakes we made tonight."

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