For a second consecutive week, the Lincoln High Abes eclipsed the 500-yard mark in total offense.
This time, they won.
Running back Emmanuel Thompkins bulled his way to another big game – 189 rushing yards and four touchdowns – and the Abes beat Enumclaw, 50-21, on Friday night at Lincoln Bowl.
Even though 492 of Lincoln’s 515 yards came on the ground, the one pass the Abes did attempt – and complete – proved to be a decisive one at the end of the first half.
After Enumclaw cut it to 22-14 on Peter Nordby’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Grant with 2:10 remaining, the Abes started at their own 19-yard line – and proceeded to rack up 58 rushing yards in 90 seconds.
Then, coach Mike Merrill called the perfect play – a forward pass. And Richard Johnson lofted it out there perfectly to Julius Colwash, who was wide open in the right flat. He caught it and easily rumbled 23 yards for the score with 22.3 seconds to go before halftime.
“It was huge,” Merrill said. “We figured, ‘Shoot, let’s fire down the field.’ And how can you anticipate a pass when you are running like that.”
Thompkins, who rushed for 313 yards in the Abes’ 35-27 loss last week against Stadium, was a tough guy to bring down Friday. He had six runs of 10 or more yards. His first scoring scamper was 47 yards on the team’s second drive. His final one was a 29-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
“I’ve worked a lot harder, and found out what I needed to do better,” said Thompkins, now a senior. “And I’ve made myself a lot better.”