Ships fall in season opener

Ships fall in season opener


Ships fall in season opener


Beast Black is back.

The Manitowoc Lincoln football team’s offense meanwhile still has some work to do, as Lincoln fell 20-10 against host Green Bay Southwest on Friday.

Ships’ quarterback Nick Schroeder looked good early in just his first start at quarterback in his high school career, scoring on a keeper from three yards to get Lincoln on the board first midway in the second quarter. Southwest took the ensuing kick-off 99-yards to the house to erase any momentum the Ships had.

That was the game in a nutshell, as every time Lincoln gained traction Southwest would respond almost immediately.

Each team had a chance to break the deadlock before the first half ended, with Lincoln driving inside the red zone before back-to-back penalties pushed the Ships out of field-goal range. The Trojans faked a 47-yard field goal with the last play of the half, but the fade pass fell incomplete to keep both teams starting at a 7-7 ball game at halftime.

To start the second half, neither team could swing control of the game in their favor trading possessions.

That changed when Lincoln coach John Dixon chose to go for it on 4th-and-1 with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter. Facing a long field goal, Dixon liked his chances as not to waste a drive which started at the Ships’ own 12-yard line.

A roughing the passer penalty on Southwest set up the Ships at the 1-yard line. The Trojans defense held strong though like they had all game, stopping three-straight runs inside the five before Lincoln eventually tacked on a 20-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

It ended up the final time the Ships’ offense would threaten the Trojans.

Midway through the fourth quarter Southwest scored on a 17-yard pitch to take a 13-10 lead it wouldn’t relinquish despite missing the extra point.

Lincoln’s late rally fell short as Southwest kept the Ships’ offense in check all game.

Schroeder threw a pick-six that cemented the Ships’ fate, as the Trojans would increase their lead to an 10 points.

The road doesn’t get easier for Lincoln (0-1, 0-1), which faces a Sheboygan South team on the road which dismantled Green Bay West 43-6.


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