Lincoln Christian Enters Playoffs as 2A Favorite

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:22 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Nov 12, 2009 10:52 PM CDT

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Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

TULSA, Oklahoma – The Lincoln Christian Bulldogs enter the playoffs as the top-ranked team in Class 2A, but they know they cannot rest on laurels.

“Everybody in the playoffs is good,” said senior linebacker/left tackle Zac Fullingrim. “We’re watching a lot of film on them, preparing like we do every week. We’re working ourselves a lot to get better each and every day. That’s our goal for the year, so we’re going to keep doing that.”

The only loss this season for Lincoln Christian (9-1, 7-0) came against an out-of-state team. The Bulldogs dominated their other nine games, with their closest game a 16-point win over Holland Hall. They finished on an incredible hot streak, beating their final three opponents by a combined score of 152-0.

While that success has confidence running high among the players, they also realize it makes them a target for every other playoff team.

“We’ve got to come out and play our best every week because we’re the team to beat right now,” said senior defensive tackle/center Cameron Johnson.

The Bulldogs’ first-round game will come against Adair (7-3, 4-3), a team that started strong but lost two of its last three regular season games and dropped to fourth in 2A-8.

Despite Adair’s recent struggles, the Lincoln Christian players realize they must concentrate on improving where possible and playing their best football at all times.

“Everything we do needs to be a lot sharper since we’re in the playoffs; everybody we’re playing is going to be a lot better,” Fullingrim said. “We need to be a lot more crisp, more clear on everything we do.”

The Bulldogs’ season came to an end last year in the state finals with a loss to Heritage Hall, and they will be looking to redeem that loss and earn the first state championship in school history. But regardless of how the Bulldogs’ season ends, they are proud of how they have played so far.

“Our team worked really hard all summer, and seeing it pay off is a blessing,” Fullingrim said.