The Narrows League 3A standings became very interesting Friday night when the Lincoln Abes came from behind to defeat the Wilson Rams 21-16 on senior night at Lincoln Bowl in downtown Tacoma. With the win Lincoln (4-1 in league play) remains tied with Timberline atop the heap. Wilson is a half game back at 4-2. Foss is within one game of the top spot as well with a 3-2 mark. There is one week to go in the regular season.
Wilson's hopes, both Friday and going forward, took a severe hit when, with two minutes to play in the half, junior quarterback Julius Yates-Brown was helped off the field having suffered an apparent ankle injury. He did not return and his status for next week is uncertain at best. Junior Brandon Scarpaci took over at quarterback for the Rams but they sorely need their team leader if they hope to make any noise in state post-season play.
The game between Lincoln and Wilson was skillfully, if not terribly artfully, played. Wilson lost five fumbles (including one on the play that knocked Yates-Brown out of the game) and had a punt snap sail out of the end zone for a safety. Lincoln proved at times to be their own worst enemy as well. The Abes amassed 125 yards in penalties including two personal foul calls that kept Wilson's final drive alive. In the end, though, Lincoln's defense held Wilson's wounded offense down and the homestanding Abes escaped with the victory.
The Abes experienced some success on the ground, rushing for 126 net yards. Rayshaun Miller was the workhorse for Lincoln, gaining 93 yards in 17 carries. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Kitna threw for an even 100 yards with six completions in 24 attempts. Kitna was intercepted twice.
Isaiah Simpson led the Rams on the ground with 81 yards on 16 carries. It was Simpson's 73 yard kickoff return with 5:05 left in the third quarter that brought Wilson back to within two. The Rams were only able to net 65 yards on the ground. Wilson amassed 121 yards in the air including a 92 yard touchdown connection from Yates-Brown to Brandon Montgomery with 11 seconds to go in the first quarter. Montgomery caught the pass while racing down the right sideline and made a spectacular one handed catch in the process.
Next Friday Timberline plays at Shelton while Lincoln faces Foss. Wilson closes it's regular season against Stadium. If Timberline wins, and they will be robust favorites, the Blazers will be crowned league champions. If Shelton upsets Timberline, the door opens for Lincoln...and Wilson...and Foss. Stay tuned.