COUNCIL BLUFFS — Abraham Lincoln got to play its favorite brand of football Friday night.
The Lynx used their run game to control the clock, and the game, against Sioux City West.
Behind a huge game from senior running back Dylan Garner and a powerful showing from its offensive line, A.L. (3-2) cruised to a 62-14 victory over the winless Wolverines to open district play.
“When we get into the game, the guys really enjoy running the ball and controlling the clock,” Lynx coach Justin Kammrad said.
And that's exactly what A.L. did all night.
The Lynx chalked up 393 yards and six scores on the ground, capitalizing on a stellar performance from the O-line. Throw in senior quarterback Jared Thompson's three touchdown passes, and A.L. didn't have to punt until its final possession inside the final four minutes.
Garner carried the brunt of the rushing game for the Lynx. He finished with 249 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries. Fellow senior Brandon Colpitts also had three touchdowns on five catches for 86 yards.
“Up front, we dominated them,” Garner said. “If you do that, you can dominate.”
West coach Trever Case had scouted A.L. in its 32-21 loss to Sioux City North last week and was impressed by the leading rusher for the Lynx and concerned about the size his team gave up.
The Wolverine defense had no answer for Garner or the Lynx offensive line this week.
“He's a really hard runner,” Case said. “He's a threat to take it the whole way at any time. He just keeps his legs churning.”
A.L. also enjoyed a solid game on defense.
The Lynx forced two turnovers and held the Wolverines to eight first downs and 170 yards of offense — 74 of which came on their first scoring drive in the second quarter. West went three-and-out five times in the contest.
“We're not consistent,” Case said. “We're grabbing at straws, behind the sticks, behind on the scoreboard. It makes it hard to do what you want to do.”
The Lynx next travel to Des Moines East. A.L. lost 48-7 in last year's contest in Council Bluffs.
Kammrad said any trip to Des Moines is tough, and the Lynx still have a few issues to address from the blowout win.
Two touchdowns were called back because of penalties, and the Wolverines took advantage of a big kick return to score their second touchdown. Thompson also threw two first-half interceptions.
But Kammrad will definitely take a 48-point win to open district play.
“That's the biggest thing,” he said. “Lots of things went into it. We played well our first four nondistrict games, but now we control where we want to be.”
“The district is most important to get you into the playoffs,” he said. “1-0 is a great confidence booster.”
Case said he expects big things from an improved A.L. squad that has already matched its win total from 2012.
“I'd be surprised if they didn't do damage in the last four games of district play,” he said.
Sioux City West (0-5) ........................................ 0 7 7 0—14
At CB Abraham Lincoln (3-2) ............................ 7 21 27 7—62
AL: Jared Thompson 5 rush (Harrison Jones kick)
AL: Brandon Colpitts 22 pass from Thompson (Jones kick)
AL: Colpitts 14 pass from Thompson (Jones kick)
SCW: Colby Hill 15 pass from Dylan Urquidi (Jessie Mondragon kick)
AL: Dylan Garner 42 rush (Jones kick)
AL: Garner 83 rush (Jones kick)
SCW: Skyler Bauer 2 rush (Mondragon kick)
AL: Payton Hiffernan 47 rush (kick failed)
AL: Garner 19 rush (Jones kick)
AL: Colpitts 40 pass from Thompson (Hiffernan kick)
AL: Josh Krabbe 1 rush (Jones kick)
PASSING: SCW: Dylan Urquidi 8-15-0-89, Noah McWell 1-1-0-17, Richardo Quintana 2-8-1-9; AL: Thompson 9-20-2-132
RUSHING: SCW: Urquidi 12-3, McWell 2-(-3), Skyler Bauer 9-17, Odessa Clark 4-29, Quintana 2-(-1), Corey Tumpkin 2-10; AL: Dylan Garner 15-249, Diego Rocha 2-6, Payton Hiffernan 6-81, Thompson 6-13, Kyle Ziemba 2-51, Josh Krabbe 1-1, Pablo Escalante 2-8, Nolan Mott 1-3
RECEIVING: SCW: Jalen Roseland 1-8, Samuel Blakey 1-21, Taylor Neuroth 1-33, Colby Hill 3-41, McWell 3-2, Bauer 1-10, Clark 1-1; AL: Colpitts 5-86, Colton Tracy 2-29, Payton Scheinost 1-8, Garner 1-9.