Prep Football: Lincoln preparing for unbeaten Wayne; Casey to visit Fairview
Lincoln County¿s Logan Martin is averaging 10 yards rushing per game and has six touchdowns going into Friday¿s game with Wayne County. (Nancy Leedy / September 12, 2012)
“Playing Wayne County will help keep our players and coaches focused on doing their best,”¿Lincoln coach Mike Settles said. “They are a solid football team that has had a lot of success recently.”
The 4-0 Cardinals, ranked sixth in Class AAA this week, are coming off a 22-21 overtime win over Madison Southern where they went for two and the win. They are averaging 39 points and 309 yards of offense per game.
Tyler Guffey, a 6-foot, 220-pound junior quarterback, leads the team in rushing and passing. He is 27 of 52 passing for 508 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions. On the ground, Guffey has 208 yards and two scores.
Settles knows Guffey makes the Cardinals go, but said the Patriots can’t lose focus of their other good players.
“Tyler Guffey is a tough quarterback that runs the ball hard and throws the ball well,”¿Settles said. “He spreads the ball around well, but his favorite target is Dagan Shelton. He is a great possession receiver and always seems to get open. They have had several players that have contributed well at the running back position. Cody Rhule, James Barnes, and D'Vantae Dixon.
“The Wayne County program is as good as it has ever been. Playing on the road again will be a challenge.”
Shelton, a 6-0, 225 pound senior tight end has 10 catches for 154 yards and three scores. Sophomore Logan Gardner has nine grabs for 22 yards and a touchdown. Dixon has rushed for 171 yards and tree touchdowns, and there are five players who have at least 80 yards rushing for Wayne.
Lincoln (3-1) will be facing a Wayne defense that is giving up 10.5 points and just 139 yards per game.
The Patriots are averaging 29 points and 289 yards per game. Logan Martin is averaging 100 yards per game and has six touchdowns, and Lincoln averages 222 yards per game on the ground.
Quarterback Justin Hubble is 17 of 38 passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. His top target has been Austin Cross, who has five catches for 145 yards and two scores.
Casey County (1-3) at Fairview (3-0)
Coming off their first win of the season is giving Casey coach Sam Marple’s squad has a bit of hop in their step as the Rebels get ready for unbeaten Fairview.
“It makes it a lot easier to get back to work on Sunday. And hopefully it makes our kids want that feeling a lot more. We don't have but two or three kids on this team that has ever really been a part of a winning team,”¿he said. “So we hope that what they got a little taste of Friday night makes them hungry.”
Fairview is ranked No. 4 in¿Class A this week, and is averaging 32 points and 333 yards per game. Like Casey, Fairview is a running team, getting 298 of those yards on the ground.
“We got to have a great week of practice, and prepare ourselves to get after them. They have a pair great running backs in number Devon Turner and Chris Brewer,”¿Marple said. “We’re going have to work to force them to run the ball between the tackles and then gang-tackle as a team.”
Turner, a 5-10, 192-pound senior, has rushed for 266 yards and six touchdowns, while 5-10, 220-pound senior Brewer has 297 yards rushing with two scores.
“(Turner) plays a wing back in their wing-T offensive scheme,”¿Marple said. If he gets a seam he's gone but big number 44 (Brewer) moves the chains for them in small chunks. It’s going to be a big task for us.”
Casey comes in averaging 304 yards rushing and has just 93 passing yards this season.
Marple said leading Alex Bolin is battling a hamstring problem and is not practicing, but is playing. Bolin has rushed for 717 yards and 10 touchdowns so far. Quarterback Wyatt Bishop has 277 yard and a score and Rance Carman has rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
Marple said outside linebacker Matt Sharp has been lost for the season after an arm injury and is scheduled for surgery this week. But linebacker Kyle Eads did return and nine tackles in casey’s win over Clinton County.