Joel Leifer’s 33-yard field goal put the visiting Manitowoc Lincoln football team up 17-0 midway through the second quarter, and the Ships end on to win 24-13 on Friday.
Drew Dixon was the workhorse for Lincoln, carrying 31 times for 163 yards while teammates Cameron Jaeger and Ethan Just did the scoring. Jaeger (126) and Just (119) each cracked the century mark to give the Ships three 100-yard rushers.
Just’s six-yard scamper in the first quarter put Lincoln on the board first, while Jaeger’s 10-yard run, also in the first gave, the Ships the early 14-0 advantage to end the quarter.
It looked like Lincoln would finish the half with a shutout before a Preble touchdown with seconds left brought the halftime score to 17-7. The Hornets scored early in the third but missed the extra point to trim the Ships lead to just four.
Lincoln coach John Dixon said his coaching staff talked to their position groups to remind the players they were still on command of the game.
“My staff just challenged the kids to forget about the past and move forward towards the next play,” Dixon said.
Jaeger put the game out of reach for Preble with a 12-yard touchdown run while the Hornets’ final drive ended in a crucial Alex Emme interception in the endzone.
“Defensively I thought we controlled the game and forced them to pass the ball,” Dixon added. “They weren’t comfortable throwing the ball and seemed to get tired at the end of the game when we took control.”
Lincoln, meanwhile, attempted two passes all game allowing the running game to carry the load.