ESPN 99.1 Game of Week: Lincoln High School Patriots Finish Perfect
The Patriots are perfect.
"It was the ultimate goal that we talk and dream about. It meant satisfaction, hard work and mission accomplished," says Lincoln Patriots head coach Aaron Beavers. Lincoln beat Roosevelt 47-24 to claim the first-ever 11AAA title in South Dakota.
For the Patriots, Caden Quintanilla left it all on the field one last time on Saturday night at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion. The senior running back took home Joe Robbie MVP honors for his historic, and record-breaking performance that included 244 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Aside from Quintanilla's performance, the game was a wild, and a tale of two halves.
Roosevelt took a 10-0 lead early by intercepting Isaiah Roach for six points, and Chase Vinateri kicked a field goal.
The Patriots weren't going to go down easy, though. Quintanilla scored from 80 yards out, and Roach hit Dylan Bartow for a passing score. Lincoln led Roosevelt 14-10 after the first.
In the second, two passing touchdowns by Taryn Christion gave Roosevelt a 24-20 lead at the half.
After halftime, it was all Lincoln, and the Quintanilla show. The senior running back scored three more touchdowns in the second half, and Roach hit Trevor Naasz for a score.
Roosevelt was held scoreless by the Patriots in the second half, and the difference in the game was Roosevelt's five turnovers.
With the win, Lincoln finished 11-0, and this was the first Patriots team to finish undefeated in a season. Roosevelt finished 9-2 on the year.