Lincoln sails past Sheboygan North 49-12

Lincoln sails past Sheboygan North 49-12

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Lincoln sails past Sheboygan North 49-12

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SHEBOYGAN

Trevor Terp plays linebacker, tight end, fullback and some defensive end too; whatever the team needs.

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior is an appropriate poster boy for this year’s Manitowoc Lincoln football team, which has nowhere near the depth it had during last year’s special season — but still has plenty of talent and desire.

In other words, anyone who thought the Ships might sail quietly into the night after last year’s senior-led Fox River Classic Conference championship run might be quite surprised.

Lincoln scored on its first two possessions and controlled all facets of Friday night’s game at Sheboygan North. The Ships won 49-14 to even their record at 1-1 on the young season.

Last week, Lincoln lost a close game to one of the preseason favorites in the FRCC, Green Bay Southwest.

“We had some wide-eyed kids that night,” said Ships head coach John Dixon. “But athletically, talent-wise, we’re close (to where the Ships were during last year’s magical run). We just have to play one game at a time. Right now, we’re kind of an enigma. Last year, we knew what we had.

“We don’t have the depth we had last year,” Dixon said. “That’s the big difference.”

The 2011 season was special indeed, with a large senior class of 27 young men and an almost exclusively two-platoon system that wore opponents down.

This season, there are at least five players who see action on both sides of the ball, including feature back and linebacker/defensive end hybrid Ethan Just.

Just, who gashed North for good yardage, said this year’s team is steadily gaining confidence.

“We’re building a lot,” he said. “A lof of guys are stepping up. A lot of us are going both ways. I think last year showed us we can do it. We realize what we can do.”

One of the Ships’ new starters is senior Nick Schroeder, who waited in the wings the last two seasons behind Tanner Dixon. Schroeder, a lefty, has good touch and the the confidence of his teammates and coaches. Fitting right in with this year’s theme of two-way players, Schroeder even plays some cornerback.

On Friday, Schroeder was a model of efficiency, going 8-for-14 for 127 yards and a long score.

“He’s a nice quarterback, and we knew that all along,” said Dixon.

After the thorough win, Dixon gathered his team, congratulated his players on the win and said, “1-1, and no looking back.”

Individual stats were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of print deadline.

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