By Tyler Hemstreet
Lincoln High coach Mike Merrill might have forgotten about
the play two years ago, but Stadium High coach Jess Nelson certainly didn’t.
The Abes beat Stadium on a halfback pass to seal a victory in
Nelson thought it was a good play, and put it in the Tigers’
playbook on Friday night against Lincoln.
Again, it worked like a charm — this time to the benefit of
Nursing a 28-27 lead with less than four minutes left, wide
receiver Tre Scott took a pass in the flat from quarterback Tyler Stumph and
hit halfback Cody Doiron in stride with a 45-yard touchdown pass to seal an
35-27 nonleague victory over the Abes at Lincoln Bowl.
“(It was a) great play call at that point,” a jubilant
Nelson said. “They had been bringing pressure, so we just dumped it out to our
best athlete out there, and that was the ballgame. That was huge.”
Even Merrill tipped his cap to Nelson and the Tigers.
“He remembered …
I forgot all about the darn thing,” Merrill said. “They hit that sucker.
We had a brand new sophomore out there and we never practiced against that. It
was a beautiful call.”
While the halfback pass put Stadium in the driver’s seat,
the Tigers needed a stop in the final three minutes to preserve the win.
Lincoln (0-2) drove all the way to the Stadium 4 yard line with less than two
minutes left, but fumbled the ball in the end zone and the Tigers fell on it.
“That was the game changer there,” Nelson said.
It was the second big play of the night on defense for
Stadium (2-0), as the Tigers stopped the Abes earlier in the fourth quarter on
fourth-and-goal from the 4 yard line.
“What a great high school game,” Merrill said. “Such a
Lincoln senior halfback Emmanuel Thompkins terrorized
Stadium all night to the tune of 313 rushing yards on 24 carries. Quarterback
Richard Johnson added 65 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams were tied at 21 at the half, but Lincoln took
a 27-21 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Julius Colwash in the third quarter.
But the Abes missed the point after.
Stadium answered with a score of it’s own, taking the lead,
28-27, early in the fourth quarter as Stumph hit a wide open Will Crumbley with
a 25-yard touchdown pass, his second TD pass of the night.
“I don’t know the last time we started the season 2-0,”
Nelson said. “It’s been fun.”
John Collins led the Tigers on offense, rushing for 147
yards on 17 carries. Hayden Smith added a touchdown run and TD reception in the