By Dave Maxwell
Special to The Ely Times
The White Pine High football team beat Lincoln County in Panaca last year, and Lincoln went on to be state runner-up.
This year, White Pine (3-4, 2-2) plays in the 2A Northern League instead of the 2A Southern League, but they still wanted a match with old rival Lincoln, so a non-league game was scheduled for last week.
Lincoln did not forget last year much at all though, and being undefeated this season (6-0), they dominated the first half, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead and eventually taking a 48-21 win.
The Lynx strong defensive line pressured Bobcat quarterback Monty Moore constantly, forcing him out of the pocket most of the time and into making long errant passes.
Lincoln also has a strong ground game and had quite a bit of success with quick hitters up the middle and some counter plays with Landon Smith and Derek Mathews.
Bobcat coach Quinn Ewell said the Lynx, “are a well-coached team and were able to find weaknesses and capitalize on them. Defensively, they were coming right up the middle on us.”
The Bobcats (3-4) fought the Lynx pretty tough in the early going as both teams traded punts a couple of times, but eventually a short punt from the Cats gave Lincoln good field position and they scored on a 15-yard run for an 8-0 lead at 1:21 of the first quarter. From there, the Lynx turned it on and scored four more times in the second quarter.
“We were just not able to get the offense going in the first half,” Ewell said, “but in the second half we did better. What makes me proud is that the kids play on. They don’t give in, they don’t care what the score is. They continue to go out and play hard.”
White Pine finally did score in the fourth quarter, set up by a double-reverse pass play from Dakota Barela to Moore to the 2-yard line, and Barela then swept around the right side for the score at 9:24. Two more scores would follow.
To have a chance to make the playoffs again this year, Ewell said the Bobcats need to win at least one of their remaining conference games. First is with West Wendover this Friday, and then at Battle Mountain Oct. 27.
Against West Wendover (3-4, 2-2), the Bobcats have won the last three meetings.