By Tyler Hemstreet
In terms of sheer numbers, Friday was an off night for
Lincoln High senior halfback Emmanuel Thompkins.
But it was plenty enough to get the job done.
Entering the night the leading rusher in the Narrows 3A
league, Thompkins was averaging 240 yards per game, having piled up to 988
yards on 95 carries this season.
The senior put on another solid performance at Lincoln Bowl,
as the Abes rolled over league rival Wilson, 34-7, behind Thompkins’ 155
rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s really surprising because I honestly didn’t think I
was going to come out and do it all this year, but thanks to my offensive line,
coaching staff and the workouts they give us, I just came out strong and I’m
doing great,” said Thompkins, who carried the ball 22 times. “It feels good.”
And it looked good on the field as well.
Lincoln (3-3, 2-0 Narrows 3A) drove 70 yards in six plays to
open the game as Thompkins capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run. The Abes
struck again on their opening drive of the second quarter, going 47 yards in 10
plays as Thompkins scored from 2 yards out to push the score to 16-0 after a
successful two-point conversion.
The senior added another touchdown run — a 3-yarder — with
17 seconds left in the first half, as Lincoln led 22-0 at the break.
“He’s such a good, hard-running back,” Lincoln coach Mike
Merrill said of Thompkins. “The line punches holes in there and he just does
Thompkins had 134 rushing yards at halftime. Wilson’s entire
offense had just 64 yards, and failed to even get into the red zone.
“They beat us the last two years so it was more of a respect
game to come out and prove to Wilson who we are,” Thompkins said.
Wilson (0-6, 0-2) was able to take advantage good field
position off a Lincoln turnover to open the second half, getting an 8-yard
touchdown pass from Moses Lewis to James Sivonen. But Lincoln quarterback
Richard Johnson answered on the ensuing drive, bouncing off a couple of
tacklers and spinning off a couple more en route to a 71-yard touchdown run. He
added another 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Johnson finished with 136
yards on 12 carries while Julius Colwash added 61 yards on six carries.
“That’s a hard tandem (to stop),” Merrill said. “Those three
guys were making plays tonight.”
Lincoln will try to keep its perfect league record intact
next week when the Abes travel to Timberline.
trying to peak at the right time,” Merrill said. “I always said the league
championship goes through the Olympia area. You have to compete with those