MAHOMET –– With their playoff hopes on life support, the Mahomet-Seymour defense came out and played one of their best games of the season on Friday, Oct. 4.
Skyler Yancy racked up a team-high 12 tackles and Hayden Nelson added seven stops. But three costly turnovers were too much to overcome as Lincoln knocked off M-S 13-6. The loss means that Jon Adkins’ first year at the helm of the Bulldog program will not result in a playoff appearance.
The Bulldogs’ defense held Lincoln to 225 yards of total offense, and the Railsplitters could manage just 2.9 yards per carry. But running back Alex Bogdanic was able to slip away for a 33-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to put Lincoln up 6-0.
The Bulldogs’ offense once again shot themselves in the foot all night long. M-S committed six offensive penalties. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the first half, but they finally strung together a drive late in the third quarter. After reaching the red zone, M-S running back Mitch Gallier fumbled and Lincoln recovered.
Through three quarters, M-S still hadn’t scored. That made it nine straight quarters of scoreless football for the M-S offense. With their backs against the wall, M-S was able to get on the board thanks to a four-yard touchdown plunge by junior quarterback Braden Finch. Carson Thomas missed the extra point, which would have given M-S its first lead.
The Bulldog defense was once again forced to try and get another stop. Lincoln had limited success rushing the football and they had done nothing through the air. So, the Lincoln coaching staff dialed up some trickery.
It worked. Bogdanic took a pitch from quarterback Dreyden Pozsgai and all the M-S defenders sucked up to stop the run. Instead, Bogdanic reached back and fired a 31-yard strike to Austin Prater. That put the Railsplitters deep into M-S territory and set up Pozsgai’s go-ahead, one-yard touchdown run.
It gave Lincoln a 13-6 lead with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter.
Finch and the Bulldog offense once again got the ball back with a chance to tie, but Finch threw his second interception of the day to seal the Lincoln victory.
The rough showing from the M-S offense masked what had been a great performance by the Bulldog defense. Yancy and Nelson were the top tacklers, but CJ McKinney (four tackles), Logan Petro (three tackles), Dallas Carnell (three tackles) and Seth Buchanan (two tackles) also played really well.
Offensively, Finch finished eight-of-17 for 71 passing yards and two interceptions. Clay Hubble rushed 16 times for 74 yards. He hauled in two catches for 32 yards. Finch rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown. Gallier was great on the ground, finishing eight carries for 45 yards before the bad luck fumble.
Zach Travis had four catches for 23 yards. Jack Koller added three grabs for 16 yards.
With postseason hopes dashed, the Bulldogs (1-5) can now only play for pride. They will square off against Charleston at 7 p.m. tonight.