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Owls Football team defeats Lincoln HI 12-0

Despite high winds and heavy snow, the Hancock football team gained its first win of the season by defeating the Lincoln HI Rebels 12-0.

The first half was a defensive slug-fest as neither side could get on the board. The first quarter was characterized by both teams exchanging punts and trying to win field position.

The Owls got the first break of the game as Jake Ascheman recovered a Rebel fumble just outside the Lincoln HI 15 yard line. The Owls were forced to turn it over on downs as the Lincoln HI defense was up to the challenge. The first quarter ended scoreless.

In the second quarter, the Hancock offense began to come to life. Hancock started a drive at its 35 yard and Austin Steege completed a 25 yard pass to Brendon Foss. Later, the Rebels were charged with a pass interference penalty which gave the Owls a first and goal. But a key sack by Lincoln HI stalled the Owls drive and forced the Owls to turn it over on downs.

The Owls defense was able to keep the Rebels at bay offensively and the teams were scoreless at halftime.

In the second half, the Owls defense came out firing on all cylinders and once again forced a Rebel punt. Hancock took their first possession of the third quarter and marched down the field again. Key passes from Drew Schmidgall to Cory Schroeder and Jake Ascheman once again gave the Owls a first and goal. The Owls capped the drive with the game's first score on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jason Schaefer. The two point conversion attempt failed.

Lincoln HI caught a break on the next possession as the Owls defense forced a punt. The Owls couldn't handle the short punt and fumbled the return. The Rebels recovered on their own 40 yard line, but the joy was short lived as the Owls defense once again shut the door, thanks to defensive pressure from Rosendo Lopez, Shem Baker, Drew Schmidgall, Jason Schaefer, Jake Ascheman, and Cory Schroeder. Lincoln HI was forced into another punt as the third quarter wound down.

The Owls took possession and drove down the field eating up time and yards to begin the fourth quarter. Drew Schmidgall hit Brendon Foss for a 35 yard pass completion to once gain put the Owls in position to score. A few plays later, Drew Schmidgall capped the drive with a 13 yard run to score the second touchdown of the night. The two point conversion failed, but the Owls enjoyed a 12-0 advantage.

Lincoln HI mishandled the snap on their next punt and the Owls took over on the Rebel 10 yard line. The Lincoln HI defense forced the Owls to turn the ball over on downs. The Rebels burned up the last of their timeouts on their next drive as time began to run short. Ultimately, the dominant Owls defense preserved the shut out.

Hancock is 1-5 overall this season and 1-4 in the conference.