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Potent, balanced run game lifts Lincoln County to win

Lincoln County rolled up 369 rushing yards on the way to a 60-12 Class 2A Southern League rout of Agassi Prep on Saturday night at Faith Lutheran.

The win meant the Lynx (6-3, 5-1) stayed in the race for the South’s No. 1 seed in the 2A state playoffs. Lincoln County, The Meadows and Needles are 5-1 in league play heading into the final week.

“That’ll be a big advantage,” Lincoln County coach Rich Ottley said of possibly earning the top seed. “As spread out as this league is, it’d be a big advantage to play at home.”

Lincoln County got big games on the ground from Travis Sonnenberg (112 yards), Tyler Center (90), Trent Tibbitts (81) and Kade Lee (46).

Eric Rippetoe had 151 yards passing for the Lynx, who scored the final 46 points.

Aerontay Shepherd led Agassi Prep (1-6, 1-5) with 56 yards rushing and a 90-yard kickoff return for a score.

Mountain View 28, Calvary Chapel 6 — At Mountain View, Raymond Velarde threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Saints past the Lions.

Cortland LeBoeuf rushed for 103 yards on eight carries, including a 69-yard touchdown run, for Mountain View. Teammate Tanner Peterson had seven receptions for 125 yards.

Velarde tossed a 70-yard TD to Nathan Swingle and a 46-yard TD to Peterson.

Alex Watson had a 21-yard touchdown run for Mountain View (3-6, 3-3 Class 2A Southern League).

The Lions (3-5, 2-4) gained only 60 yards of offense until they scored on a 72-yard hook-and-lateral play near the end of the game. Quarterback Cody Taylor hit Juliene Mejia for a 6-yard gain, and Mejia pitched the ball to Luke Bilbao, who ran the remaining 66 yards.

— David Schoen

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