Lincoln steps closer to state, defeat Midway 46-0 at home


Boone Kroenke totals four touchdowns, Cardinals earn sixth shutout

By Alex Agueros - [email protected]



Derek Stephens runs past the Midway secondary during a touchdown run Saturday in Lincoln. He rushed for 156 yards on 13 carries in a 46-0 victory over the Vikings in a Class 1 Missouri state quarterfinal football game.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Aaron Kranz, No. 33, and Dominic Simmons combine for a tackle Saturday in Lincoln during a 46-0 victory over Midway. The Cardinal defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season and third in the playoffs against the Vikings.


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Boone Kroenke leaps a Midway tackler Saturday, Nov. 12, during a 46-0 Class 1 state quarterfinal victory in Lincoln. He scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Cardinals into a state semifinal matchup with Monroe City.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

In its final home game of the season, Lincoln displayed the many measures of success to be had for the Cardinals in 2016 — shutouts, time played under a running clock, and dominance on its own turf.

Boone Kroenke scored four touchdowns, Derek Stephens rushed for 156 yards and Tyler Kronke returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a 46-0 victory Saturday over Midway.

Stephens, who finalized Lincoln’s first trip to the state semifinals with a 68-yard touchdown in the game’s closing minute, said ultimate success is two games away.

“It’s just another step,” Stephens said. “Since day one, we’ve been saying 11-26-16, the day of the state championship. Just another step and we’ll be there.”

Lincoln (13-0) faces Monroe City on the road 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 with six shutouts on its résumé.

The Cardinal defense devastated the most promising Midway drive in the second quarter to preserve a clean slate. After Midway crept into Lincoln territory, Dominic Simmons sacked Vikings quarterback Blake Mincks and Tyler Kroenke raced the fumble more than 60 yards for a touchdown.

After the defensive score, Lincoln led 24-0. Cardinals head coach Danny Morrison set a team goal for a 35-point lead at half to force a running clock, but said the sack and fumble recovery for a score was just as crucial.

“To me, that was the nail right there,” Morrison said. “You could just tell it took the wind out of their sails, got our boys up a little more, played hard and just finished the ride.”

Boone Kroenke was a dynamic threat under center. He scored on Lincoln’s first drive with a controlled, no-nonsense keeper from 2 yards out. Boone scored again on a sweep left, and nailed Blake Roberts on the 2-point conversion after a spin off a tackler and wild scramble.

Roberts caught a 30-yard touchdown from Boone a minute before halftime. After Lincoln’s only failed 2-point conversion of the game, the Cardinals led 30-0.

A sack ended Midway’s drive to begin the second half. The Cardinals followed with a 90-yard drive punctuated by Boone Kroenke’s third rushing touchdown.

Stephen’s final touchdown sparked a Lincoln crowd only marginally deterred by a Saturday afternoon start on the first day of rifle season. He said his touchdown was humble task of out-running an opponent — an act the Cardinals have performed for four months.

“I broke through the secondary, where the backers were, and just turned on the jets and went,” Stephens said. “I just hoped no one caught me.”

Derek Stephens runs past the Midway secondary during a touchdown run Saturday in Lincoln. He rushed for 156 yards on 13 carries in a 46-0 victory over the Vikings in a Class 1 Missouri state quarterfinal football game.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_DSC_0096-5.jpgDerek Stephens runs past the Midway secondary during a touchdown run Saturday in Lincoln. He rushed for 156 yards on 13 carries in a 46-0 victory over the Vikings in a Class 1 Missouri state quarterfinal football game. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Aaron Kranz, No. 33, and Dominic Simmons combine for a tackle Saturday in Lincoln during a 46-0 victory over Midway. The Cardinal defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season and third in the playoffs against the Vikings.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_DSC_0086-5.jpgAaron Kranz, No. 33, and Dominic Simmons combine for a tackle Saturday in Lincoln during a 46-0 victory over Midway. The Cardinal defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season and third in the playoffs against the Vikings. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Boone Kroenke leaps a Midway tackler Saturday, Nov. 12, during a 46-0 Class 1 state quarterfinal victory in Lincoln. He scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Cardinals into a state semifinal matchup with Monroe City.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_DSC_9875-5.jpgBoone Kroenke leaps a Midway tackler Saturday, Nov. 12, during a 46-0 Class 1 state quarterfinal victory in Lincoln. He scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Cardinals into a state semifinal matchup with Monroe City. Alex Agueros | Democrat
Boone Kroenke totals four touchdowns, Cardinals earn sixth shutout

By Alex Agueros

[email protected]

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2.

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2.

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