Lucas said Lincoln's defense was strong against a Marion team that has now been held to seven points or less in four of six games. He said the Knights didn't have a first down in the first half that was not caused by a Lincoln penalty.
Chris Hart had two interceptions for the Patriots, giving him five in the last two games, and Daniel Sinkhorn led the team in tackles.
"Our defense was excellent," Lucas said. "Chris was all over the place, and Daniel was probably in on every single tackle."
Sinkhorn, Logan Boyd and Jason Brummett were among those who scored for Lincoln, which could effectively clinch a playoff berth with a win Friday at Taylor County.
"I don't think anybody expected that to happen before the season," Lucas said.
Frankfort 16, Harrodsburg 13 - At Frankfort, the Panthers scored the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute to play and Harrodsburg fumbled away its chance at a last-minute victory in a 16-13 loss Friday.
Frankfort (5-1, 1-0 Class A, District 4) went ahead on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:06 to play on a 4th-and-5. That followed a 3rd-and-33 on which the Frankfort quarterback caught a 28-yard pass.
The Panthers kicked an onsides kick after the touchdown put them up 16-13 and the Pioneers took over at midfield. A twelve-men-on-the-field penalty against Frankfort pushed Harrodsburg to the 35, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Frankfort coach Craig Foley gave Harrodsburg a 1st-and-10 at the Panthers' 20.
Harrodsburg (5-1, 0-1) moved the ball to the 2-yard line but fumbled it away, its third fumble of the game, and it was recovered by Frankfort.
"They had 22 plays for 49 yards rushing in the fourth quarter," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said. "They controlled the clock. We only had the ball for five plays in the fourth quarter, and that doesn't give you many chances to win."
Mark Dunn had 212 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for Harrodsburg. He scored on runs of 64 and 95 yards and also led the team with 14 tackles.
Frankfort had 281 yards of offense against Harrodsburg. Mariqus Brown had 13 tackles and Josh Anderson 12 for the Pioneers.
Harrodsburg totaled 291 yards of offense, as Brandon Brown also rushed nine times for 38 yards. Mariqus Brown was 1-of-2 with one interception. His only completion went to Shane Webb for 11 yards.
"We continued to drive the ball," Yeast said. "Just a couple of bonehead mistakes killed us. We drove down to the four at one point and I just made a bonehead call. We didn't do what we should have done offensively and that shot us in the foot."