Colts bow to Cougars

PHILIPPI – The Philip Barbour offense ran out of firepower Friday night against Lincoln, losing 24-21 in Big 10 Conference play at George Byrer Field.

The Colts scored late in the fourth quarter to bring the game within reach, but couldn’t recover an onside kick with 1:12 left on the clock to give the offense another chance to go ahead.

PB coach Curtis Bodkins said his team gave a “valiant effort” but ultimately attributed the loss to penalties and defensive miscues. The Colts were penalized seven times for 63 yards.

“We couldn’t get the running game established,” Bodkins said. “Lincoln did a good job up front. They were mixing their front up a bit, shooting into gaps and things. We made a couple of crucial mistakes on defense. We had them third and 10 and lined up offsides. We missed a couple of plays and that really hurt us.”

Bodkins said quarterback Dillon Newman and running back Dylan Johnson were both battling injuries suffered last week in the win against Grafton. Newman was 23 of 35 passing for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson led the Colts in rushing with 12 carries for 39 yards. Receiver Al Johnson contributed 12 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ve been nursing injuries all week,” Bodkins said. “You could see Newman wasn’t 100 percent. (Dylan) Johnson was also hobbled up, too. I’m not taking anything away from Lincoln at all, but hopefully we can get some people healed up before we head to Braxton County next week.”

Lincoln scored first when kicker Emily Knight kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the first quarter. The Colts answered back in the second quarter when Newman threw touchdown strikes to Elijah Heater and Al Johnson. Lincoln closed the stanza with another score when Ty Seibel bulled into the end zone to bring the score to 13-10 at the half.

Lincoln dominated most of the second half with Seibel scoring a pair of touchdowns on short goal-line runs. He finished the day with 24 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Jarrod Kellar was 11 of 23 through the air for 172 yards.

The Colts added some last minute excitement when Newman hit Al Johnson on a 17-yard strike. Al Johnson also caught the two-point conversion pass from Newman to bring the Colts within three points. However, the onside kick attempt was recovered by Lincoln, which then ran out the clock.