By T. Scott Boatright
Lincoln Preparatory School football coach Glen Hall knew his Panthers were running into a juggernaut Thursday night playing at defending Div. IV state Champion Ouachita Christian School.
All Hall wanted to do was to see his Panthers compete.
And the Panthers did just that before OCS pulled away in the second half for a 51-14 win to close out regular-season play.
“We competed for the whole first half,” Hall said. “OCS came out and scored in the first 30 seconds. We didn’t score on our first drive but forced and recovered a fumble on their second drive, but we didn’t take advantage by scoring.
“That ended the first quarter, and then OCS came back and scored again.”
Lincoln Prep scored its first touchdown after a 60-yard reception from LeMarion Burton, a senior making his first career start at quarterback, to junior Cenario Wilson set the Panthers up in the red zone late in the first half.
“Wilson got the ball down to around the OCS 3-yard line and then we threw a little Z route to him that he scored on to make it 28-6,” Hall said. “Burton played a magnificent game against a great defense.”
Lincoln Prep’s second touchdown came with around 1:00 remaining in the contest.
“OCS scored and kicked off and then Trey Spann returned that kickoff about 80 yards to score for us,” Hall said. “D’Tavion Wright scored the two-point conversion run for us.”
“Even the OCS coach (Steven Fitzhugh) told our guys he was proud of the way they competed and played,” Hall said. “I told them the same thing — I’m proud of them.”
Lincoln Prep finished the regular season at 2-7 overall and 0-3 in District 2-1A action. The Panthers appear to be outside looking in just shy of the Division IV Select School playoffs.
Playoff brackets are set to be released by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association late Sunday morning.
“We’re going to go back to the drawing board and do some experimenting getting ready for next season. I’m going to get a power-lifting team going so that we can get in better shape and stronger and just try to be ready for next year with a group of guys that have quite a bit more experience than our team did at the start of this season.”