The Linemen dominated in their second game of the season, beating the Aviators 17-3.
Offense was slow to begin the game, thanks, especially to the Linemen’s Defensive front. In the Aviators’ first drive Linemen Tackle Elijah Qualls had a big sack which forced the Aviators to punt. The two teams really did not get anything going until the second quarter when Trey Dickerson of the Linemen made a touchdown-saving interception to get his team the ball. A one-handed catch by Reece Horn got them down the field and after a few tough runs by Tra Minter, the Linemen were knocking on the door. Ben Putman caught a beautiful pass thrown by Ryan Willis to put the Linemen on the board. After the successful PAT by Johnathan Song, the score was 7-0 in favor of the Linemen.
The momentum for the Linemen did not stop there, on the Aviators following possession Qualls again made a mess of the opposition and picked up a fumble at the 50-yard line. The Linemen could not convert this turnover into points, and the Aviators got the ball back at their own 47.
On the next Linemen drive, a well-done fake handoff had the Aviators defensive front reeling, and DJ Davis carried the ball into the red zone. On the next play, RB Elliot Taylor had a tough 15-yard run to bring the Linemen right to the Goal Line, and Tra Minter ran the ball in untouched for a touchdown. After the PAT the score was 14-0 for the Linemen.
On the Aviators’ next drive, Lineman Reggie Cole picked off what would have been a touchdown pass to stop the best drive the Aviators had had all day. After a few scoreless drives, the Aviators John Raby picked up a fumble deep within the Linemen red zone. On 4th & 1 the Aviators went for it, handing the ball to Leroy Wilson, who got the first down. On the next set of downs the Aviators, kicker Clay Dzieken scored the team’s only points on the day, making the score 14-3 in favor of the Linemen.
On the kickoff return for the Linemen, Minter ran it back to the Aviators 41-yard line, which Song turned into 3 more points off of a 35-yard try. After an interception by JJ Dallas, The Linemen had a long possession to end the game, capped off by a 17-yard run to finish off the clock. Victory Formation for Willis.
The game was defined by the steady three-prong rushing attack from the Lineman, and a fantastic passing effort for Willis who completed 24 for 202 yards. Final score 17-3 Linemen.