Lincoln, Windsor vie for spot in district title game


Democrat Staff



Lincoln running back Heath Renno splits two Cole Camp defenders on his way to the end zone in a Week 9 game.


Sacred Heart’s Chris Mergen kicks off during an 8-man playoff game at Northwest.


Windsor’s Carlton Fowler breaks a tackle during last week’s district win at Crest Ridge.


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Lincoln running back Heath Renno splits two Cole Camp defenders on his way to the end zone in a Week 9 game.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_SECONDARY-ART-RENNO-ADV.jpgLincoln running back Heath Renno splits two Cole Camp defenders on his way to the end zone in a Week 9 game.

Sacred Heart’s Chris Mergen kicks off during an 8-man playoff game at Northwest.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_6391.jpgSacred Heart’s Chris Mergen kicks off during an 8-man playoff game at Northwest.

Windsor’s Carlton Fowler breaks a tackle during last week’s district win at Crest Ridge.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_LEAD-ART-FOWLER-ADV.jpgWindsor’s Carlton Fowler breaks a tackle during last week’s district win at Crest Ridge.

Windsor and Lincoln meet again.

The Kaysinger rivals will play in the Class 1, District 4 semifinal on Friday. Lincoln beat Windsor 46-0 in the first meeting on Sept. 11 behind 300 yards and four touchdowns on the ground from Heath Renno and 100 passing yards from Boone Kroenke. That game was Lincoln’s third shutout in four weeks and the Cardinals recorded a fourth shutout in Week 8.

Windsor’s offense has shown more spark since then, scoring 42 in a win over Wentworth, 47 to beat Crest Ridge Week 9 and 43 in the first round of district play to beat Crest Ridge again.

The winner will face either Skyline or Osceola on Nov. 6.

Sacred Heart at Southwest Livingston

Sacred Heart will face Southwest Livingtson in 8-man football.

Southwest Livingston comes in off of a first-round bye after going 7-2 in the regular season and taking the top seed in the district. The Wildcats opened the season with an 86-0 win over Northwest — a team the Gremlins beat last week. Both teams had losses to Stanberry.

Southwest Livingston has outscored teams 524-176 this season and its defense has recorded three shutouts.

The Gremlins have added an extra dimension to their special teams in recent weeks. Chris Mergen has been splitting time between soccer and football, handling kickoffs for the Gremlin football team as well as being a major part of the midfield for Sacred Heart soccer. In the game against Northwest last week, he recorded nine touchbacks and nearly had another on a kickoff moved back by a penalty.

“Quite the weapon, isn’t it?” said Gremlins coach Ben Lyles. “Chris Mergen and working with (Sacred Heart soccer coach) Travis Cooper with the soccer program and him able to get Chris to come out and help support what we’re doing has been huge. It’s huge when the other team has to drive the length of the field every possession, pretty valuable.”

The winner will face either Norborne or Chilhowee on Nov. 13.

Cole Camp at Higginsville

Cole Camp travels to Higginsville in the Class 2, District 7 semifinal. The two teams met in the same round last season with the Huskers coming away with the 53-14 win.

The Huskers average nearly 48 points per game despite being held to 14 in a Week 8 loss to Lexington. Meanwhile, the Huskers defense shut out Carrollton and held Knob Noster and Central Academy to single digits.

The winner will face either Hallsville or Father Tolton on Nov. 6.

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