The Lincoln High School football team kept moving the ball.
Lakes kept making mistakes.
It resulted in the 10th-ranked Abes rolling to a 40-0 victory in 3A Pierce County league play on Friday at Lincoln Bowl against a team that last year reached the 3A state semifinals.
“I thought our kids played hard,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We just made a million mistakes.”
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And each time the Lancers (1-3) did, Joey Sinclair responded by Lincoln (3-1), completing 10 of 17 passes for a season-high 246 yards and two touchdowns — and that was all in the first half.
Sinclair had thrown for 268 yards in his three previous games combined. And Lakes stacked the box, playing a cover-0 most of the game.
Sinclair felt Lakes was baiting him to throw, especially after Lincoln running back Tristian Kwon ran for 330 yards last week in a win over Bethel.
“It felt great,” Sinclair said. “We got some good athletes out at receiver. And I like one-on-ones.”
Sinclair opened the scoring with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Camron Deloney.
Kwon ran for a pair of four-yard TD runs. He finished with 14 carries for 72 yards.
And with 20 seconds remaining in the first half, Sinclair found Deloney for a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Abes ahead 27-0.
“He made some nice throws,” Lincoln coach Masaki Matsumoto said. “Once they started going cover-0, we were like ‘We have to win the one-on-ones, and Joey’s got to make the throws.’ And we did both.”
Deloney had four catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
But those Lincoln scores had come after Lakes marched to the Abes’ 17, 26, and 19 on three drives. The first two ended in turnovers on downs and the last an interception by Lincoln’s Alex Gillies.
Lincoln took a 40-0 lead in the third quarter when Lakes quarterback Cody Roe, who missed last week’s win over Wilson with an injury, couldn’t handle a shotgun snap and Lincoln’s Alijah Sokimi jumped on the ball in the end zone for the Abes touchdown.
That started a running clock with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Lakes running back Melvin Miller did not return after leaving in the first quarter with a leg injury. The Lancers were without first-string quarterback Jaylen Antoine, their center learned he had torn his ACL earlier this week and Lakes was without its top four safeties defensively because of injuries.
“Their effort wasn’t bad, it’s just the mental mistakes,” coach Dave Miller said. “I thought this would have been a good ballgame if we had not made five or six big blunders.
“Talent is overrated. You can come out and watch kids run around, and it looks like there’s talent. But you have to play football. We have guys who have never played football. They don’t grow up playing football. So we’ve had to teach them.”
No. 10 LINCOLN
LINCOLN – Camron Deloney 68 pass from Joey Sinclair (Tyler Zamira)
LINCOLN – Tristian Kwon 4 run (Zamira kick)
LINCOLN – Kwon 4 run (Zamira kick)
LINCOLN – Deloney 30 pass from Sinclair (kick failed)
LINCOLN – Austin Moeung 2 run (kick failed)
LINCOLN – Alijah Sokimi fumble recovery (Zamira kick)
RUSHING – Lakes: Derrion Summers 7-41; Daeon Hudson 3-10; Melvin Miller 8-(-3). Lincoln: Austin Moeung 12-78; Tristian Kwon 14-72; Joey Sinclair 7-21.
PASSING – Lakes: Cody Roe 7-14-1-83. Lincoln: Joey Sinclair 10-17-0-246
RECEIVING – Lakes: Dedrian Milligan 3-34; Cale Lindsay 1-18; Zarrion Hill 1-17. Lincoln: Camron Deloney 4-114; Tristian Kwon 3-95; Kavon Holden 2-21; Nick Goss 1-16.