Lincoln Christian will come at you from all directions, and did it again in a 44-34 win against Auburn on Friday at Beechner Field.
Junior quarterback Logan Power threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers, and running back Ben Plambeck had two touchdown runs and 188 yards rushing for Christian (3-1) in the district victory.
Senior receiver Brandon Schipman had three receptions for 109 yards, including back-to-back TD catches of 68 and 26 yards that put the Crusaders up 44-12 early in the third quarter.
Junior receiver Leighton Chicoine had five receptions for 102 yards, including an 18-yard TD catch in the second quarter that put Christian up 18-12. Chicoine has seven TD receptions on the season
Senior wide receiver Seth Korte scored the Crusaders’ first touchdown on an 11-yard catch in the first quarter, and finished with four catches for 25 yards.
Christian coach Matt Farup was impressed with the game played by Schipman.
“Leighton Chicoine is our main weapon, but if you focus on him, Brandon Schipman showed with two long touchdowns that he has strength and speed,” Farup said. “He’s mainly our blocker on the outside for Leighton, but if you jump Leighton he’ll slip through. Brandon really showed our balance and what we can do.”
Both teams had their best success passing the ball, making for a game that lasted nearly three hours, with 52 combined passing attempts.
Power was 14-for-19 passing in the first half for 208 yards, before Christian rushed more in the second half and went to its reserves. He finished 16-for-21 for 277 yards and one interception. Playing defense, Power intercepted two passes.
The first-year starting QB continues to make strides, Farup said.
“He’s just getting more accurate and making intelligent reads,” he said. “He’s the key. You've got to have the dealer to get the ball thrown accurately and in the right spots.”
Auburn (0-4) kept the game closer than expected from a team with only one win in the past two seasons thanks to a couple of big plays and the play of wide receiver Tyler Collin. The Bulldogs made things interesting at the finish by scoring three touchdowns in the final eight minutes, when Christian was playing several of its reserves.
Auburn recovered an onside kick and scored with 1:14 remaining in the game. Christian recovered the second time Auburn attempted an onside kick, and ran out the clock.
Collin took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. On the Bulldogs’ first series, he caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from QB Caleb Nelsen on third down. Collin had eight receptions for 286 yards.
“We got down 6-0 and responded,” Farup said. “We got down 12-7 and responded. We just made two mistakes that cost us two touchdowns, but the kids didn’t panic or buckle. Offensively, we executed really well with our first-line kids.”