So far this year, the Lincoln defense has held firm. Through two games, the Cardinals have played two shutouts, beating Rich Hill 40-0 and Wentworth Military Academy 56-0.
That record will be put to the test on Friday as the Cardinals host the No. 5 team in the state in Class 1, Osceola.
Osceola, like Lincoln, comes in 2-0 after beating Midway 21-14 and Appleton City 54-22.
Osceola won last year’s meeting with Lincoln 31-28. The Indians were 8-1 in the regular season before falling to Skyline in the district final.
Osceola and Lincoln are currently No. 3 and No. 4 in the Class 1, District 4 standings with the Indians two points ahead of the Cardinals.
Cole Camp at Lockwood
A Cole Camp defense that shut out Warsaw last week will make the 100-mile trip to face a Lockwood offense that has scored 103 points through two games, beating Liberal and Rich Hill.
Lockwood won its first seven games of the regular season last year, outscoring teams 310-55, before losing to Jasper week 9 and Cabool in the first round of the tournament.
Tipton at Windsor
The Greyhounds open a three-game string of games against Kaysinger opponents as they host Tipton on Friday. They will host Lincoln week 4 and visit Cole Camp week 5.
After allowing 40 points in a loss to Christ Prep on Saturday, Windsor will look to stop Tipton.
The Cardinals have been outscored 57-8 in losses to Lexington and North Callaway and will face Class 1 competition for the first time this season.
The Cardinals beat Windsor 20-8 in Tipton last year.
Summit Christian at Knob Noster
SCA comes in 2-0. The Panthers come in 0-2.
SCA’s high-powered offense has scored 105 points in two games, but Polo was able to score points against them in a 56-32 SCA win week 1.
Osage at Warsaw
Osage came away with a 41-0 win last season and continued that momentum on its way to a 7-2 regular season and a district title before losing to Monett in the Class 3 state quarterfinal.
Osage opened the 2015 season with a loss at Fulton but rebounded last week to beat Moberly 14-0.
Concordia at Sweet Springs
Sweet Springs has struggled to stop the Orioles offense in recent years. Concordia won 68-0 in 2011, 61-22 in 2012, 53-36 in 2013 and 45-0 last year.
So far this year, the Orioles have out up 14 points in a loss to Higginsville and 22 in a win over Orrick.
DeKalb at Northwest
DeKalb’s offense put 60 points on the board in a week 1 win over Chilhowee and 52 in a win over Pattonsburg.
That offense now takes on Northwest’s defense, which held Appleton City in check in the second half on Monday. The Bulldogs managed 170 yards of offense in the half, 115 of which came on a pair of long scoring drives.
The Mustang defense also forced six turnovers, including one on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage.
The Mustangs beat DeKalb 76-28 last season.
Sacred Heart at Greenfield
The Gremlins take their 2-0 record to Greenfield, an 0-2 team that has been outscored 128-40 so far this year.
One of those teams which has beaten Greenfield is Albany, the team Sacred Heart will face week 9.
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