In the end, South Kitsap’s football team simply left too much time on the clock.
The Wolves needed one defensive stop to preserve a one-point lead against Lincoln on Friday. But the Abes wouldn’t be stopped.
Running back Marcus Johnson scored his third touchdown of the fourth quarter with 32 seconds left to give the Abes a 42-35 victory in a non-league game at Joe Knowles Field in Port Orchard.
Lincoln improved to 6-1 thanks to a 28-point fourth quarter. The Abes trailed 20-7 at halftime.
“We talked at halftime about the need to not play out of character because things were going against us in a lot of ways,” Abes coach Jon Kitna said.
Johnson finished with 141 yards on 20 carries.
Despite being sacked four times, Lincoln quarterback Jordan Kitna finished with 151 passing yards and three touchdowns. The last of those TDs — a 35-yarder to Dionte Simon — put Lincoln up 34-28 with 7:14 to play.
That’s when Cooper Canton went to work, leading his team to what appeared to be a winning touchdown drive.
Canton, who finished with 204 passing yards and two touchdowns, threw a 43-yard TD to Logan Knowles, putting the Wolves up 35-34 with 1:27 to play.
Lincoln began its final drive on the Wolves’ 43-yard line. After two plays and a 15-yard penalty, Johnson cruised into the end zone.
Federal Way 44, at Spanaway Lake 13: Chico McClatcher’s 80-yard touchdown sprint broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter and got the No. 5 Eagles rolling to a victory at Art Crate Field. The junior ran for 144 yards, and caught two passes for 84 yards.
At Jefferson 41, Mount Rainier 0: The Raiders held the Rams to 35 total yards and forced six turnovers in a shutout victory at Federal Way’s Memorial Stadium.
Lakes 24, at Auburn Mountainview 19: The Lancers took the lead for good on Yisrael Stephens’ 20-yard touchdown gallop with 6½ minutes to go, but it was the defense that put the game away.
With Lakes up 17-13, the Lions drove to the Lancers’ 30, but quarterback Gresch Jensen was intercepted by Emmanuel Wells.
Lakes quarterback Nick Webster ran 33 yards for a touchdown with 3:19 to go.
At Peninsula 40, Decatur 6: All of Avega Siolo’s work – five carries, 115 yards, and a game-opening 89-yard touchdown run – was done in the first quarter, and the Seahawks won big at Roy Anderson Field.
At Orting 28, Steilacoom 22: The Cardinals turned away a late Sentinels drive in the red zone with five minutes left, stopping Jose Garcia short on fourth-and-4 run.
At Sumner 55, Washington 8: The third-ranked Spartans opened the second half by going 55 yards in four plays – capped by DeJon Lynch’s 19-yard touchdown run – all in 59 seconds to take a 27-8 lead.
White River 28, at Clover Park 20: The eighth-ranked Hornets did all of their scoring in the first half, then held off the Warriors’ late bid for a tying score at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Clover Park took over deep in its end with 1:40 remaining, drove to midfield but was stopped on four consecutive plays.
Fife 20, at Franklin Pierce 7: The Trojans went 60 yards – most coming on Keanu Songcuan’s 47-yard touchdown rumble – in the first 1:37 of the second half to grab a 14-0 lead, and Fife snapped its two-game skid at Franklin Pierce Stadium.
At Charles Wright 55, Chimacum 14: Alexander Moore tallied four of the Tarriers’ five first-quarter touchdown in a rout in University Place.