Lincoln Ends 2018 Season With Loss In Freeburg
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[October 20, 2018]
By Benjamin Yount
FREEBURG – When you play football for
Lincoln Community High School you gotta celebrate the little
And Lincoln saw it’s biggest little victory of the year Friday
In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Freeburg was once
again poised to score.
The Midgets put 48 points on Lincoln in the first three quarters,
and were goal-to-go and on the verge of scoring again to trigger a
But a blitzing Matthew Yount forced Freeburg’s quarterback to toss a
floating duck of a pass.
Senior Colton Holiday grabbed the ball out of the air and ran
99-and-a-half yards for a touchdown.
Lincoln cut the score to 48-20. And more importantly avoided being
put on the running clock.
“That interception was awesome,” Holiday said. “It was a great way
to end my high school career.”
Lincoln head coach Matt Silkowski told his team after the game that
this was the first season in years that Lincoln was never put on a
running clock. He added that the 2018 season was also the first that
the Railers didn’t give-up a kick return for a touchdown.
Again, it’s the little victories.
Friday’s game was a loss for Lincoln.
The Railers played a sloppy game against a playoff bound team, and
paid the price.
Brandon Schweitzer scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, and
another in the fourth.
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Coach Matt Silkowski talks with his team after Fridays final game
But in between the referees took over the game.
Lincoln was flagged 12 times in the first half alone. The second
half saw the same laundry list of holding and unsportsmanlike
Coach Silky told his team not to blame the refs, “because,” he said
“you did that stuff.”
Lincoln ends the season 2-7. Freeburg is 7-2 on the year and headed
to the ISHA playoffs next week.
For the Railers, it’s time to focus on next season.
Or what’s next.
Senior Gage Wilson was just one of the Class of 2019 who left the
field in tears.
“It hit me kinda hard,” Wilson said. “I was just trying to do
everything I could. Because it was my last game.”
It was the last game for the seniors. And the start of the next
season for the rest of the team.
“You young guys, you underclassmen need to hit the weightroom in the
off season,” Silkowski challenged his team. “Things aren’t going to
get better till you all buy in.”