The switch to eight-man football has created a successful season for the Lincoln Hornets who faced off against Mercer last week.

Both teams held each other scoreless in the first quarter as they tried to figure the other out.

Mercer would strike in the second quarter taking the ball down field for a short run to put them on the board 8-0.

The Hornets wouldn’t trail for long though as Justin Rowekamp took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards back to the house to knot things up 8-8.

For the majority of the game after that it was all Lincoln who stormed through Mercer.

Nathan Lucas would notch three touchdowns in the game for 25, 6 and 2 yards as the Hornet lead kept building.

Jackson Risch also had a 17-yard trot for a touchdown while a 5-yard run from Liam Sanders would round out Lincoln’s scoring.

Mercer would manage one more score to bring the final tally to 46-16 in favor of Lincoln.

The Hornets defense swarmed its opponents as Mercer was held to less than 200 total yards and four turnovers.

Lincoln forced one fumble and snatched three interceptions to prevent any momentum swinging in Mercer’s favor.

Risch, Lucas and Austin Calkins each had one of the interceptions.

The offense made good use of the opportunities given to them averaging 7.8 yards a play throughout the game.

Lincoln improved its record to 4-2 on the season. Next week Winter is coming to Lincoln for the last game of the regular season.

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Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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