Friday night, the Lincoln Abes hosted the Central Kitsap Cougars at historic Lincoln Bowl in downtown Tacoma. Over the course of a three hour one-minute contest the Abes were poorly mannered hosts indeed. Lincoln over Central Kitsap 41-14. With the win Lincoln (7-0 overall, 5-0 in conference) remains atop the Narrows 3A standings with two weeks to play. Central Kitsap (3-4, 2-2) drops into a tie with North Thurston for fourth place in the conference.
Junior quarterback Jordan Kitna directed a pass-first run-second attack for his father Jon’s squad. While Kitna occasionally struggled to throw an accurate deep ball in the persistent mist, Central Kitsap had no answer for Lincoln’s short passing game. Repeatedly Kitna found receivers open on short routes. They would gather the ball in and set sail for the end zone with blockers in front. Kitna finished the night with 20 completions in 33 attempts. He threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns.
Running back, Dionte Simon epitomized Lincoln’s offensive attack. The 5’11”, 185 pound junior caught seven balls for 136 yards. He was the recipient of two of Kitna’s touchdown passes, one for five yards and the other for 62 yards. Neither pass was in the air more than 10 yards.
For all of the offensive fireworks, Lincolns defense was likely the most impressive unit on the field. Central Kitsap quarterback Kaleb Bates was under fire from the time he took his first snap. Bates was 10/22 on the night, but for only 144 yards. Bates’ highlight was a second quarter 48 yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Hudson Keffer. That TD brought Central Kitsap to within 13 points, but they would draw no closer.
It should be noted that Lincoln’s Jusstiss Warren had a night to remember. He was the Abes’ leading rusher with 73 yards on five carries. He scored a rushing touchdown with a 30 yard romp. He was named Homecoming King at halftime.
As the end of the regular season approaches, playoff possibilities loom. Lincoln looks to continue their undefeated ways and stride confidently into the WIAA playoffs. The Abes take on Wilson (6-2, 4-2) at Stadium Bowl next Friday night. They finish the regular season with a home game against the Foss Falcons two weeks hence. They will be favored against Wilson and heavily favored against Foss.
One gets the feeling that great things may be in the offing for the black and yellow clad Abes.