LEBANON - Lincoln County started off slowly, but the Patriots recovered to score 21 second-half points and defeat host Marion County 21-16 Friday.
Marion (1-5, 0-1 Class AAA, District 4) recovered a Lincoln fumble on the opening kickoff and scored on its first drive with just three minutes gone.
"We started off the game asleep," Lincoln coach Larry French said.
Lincoln (2-4, 1-0) made four trips inside the Marion 20-yard line in the first half, but still trailed 7-0 at the half.
Marion kicked a 33-yard field goal early in the third quarter to go up 10-0, but French said Lincoln's defense began looking better after senior Andrew Smith was moved to nose guard.