Heading into week 5, perhaps nobody outside of the Knights affiliation thought they would be 3-1.
But after a 56-21 thrashing Christ School in Asheville on Friday, thatâ€™s exactly where they find themselves.
â€œWe came in here with the attitude that weâ€™re going to play hard, then let the score take care of itself,â€ North Lincoln head coach Matt Beam said. â€œWeâ€™ve tried to cut down on silly mistakesâ€”committing penalties and silly turnovers,â€ he added.
Junior quarterback Trent Hopkins was a dual threat against the greenies, beating them with his arm and his legs.
Hopkins connected on 13-of-19 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns passing. He also scored a rushing touchdown as part of his 10 carries for 112 yards.
â€œTrent is Trentâ€”he is a good player. He understands he has five linemen that are playing pretty good right now,â€ Beam said, of the offensive line that has allowed just two sacks in as many weeks.
Jarrett Robbins (six carries for 84 yards) and Brandon Mull (eight carries for 83 yards) provided the Knights with a solid two-punch rushing attack as each found the end zone.
Aaron Licourt complemented them nicely with 64 yards on five carries.
â€œMull is very reliable and Robbins probably has as many yards per carry as anybody on the team,â€ Beam said.
Running back Josh McClain also found the end zone on an 18-yard pass.
Coming into Fridayâ€™s game against the Greenies, drops have plagued North Lincolnâ€™s receiving corps.
The unit responded with only dropping one pass, a fact not missed by Beam.
â€œOffensively, we did everything we wanted to do. I thought we made some very good catches,â€ he said.
Devin â€˜The Technicianâ€™ Borders paced the group with three catches for 54 yards and two scores.
David Ward caught three for 38 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception. Mull had three catches for 46 yards.
Despite the hot start to the season, the last thing Beam wants is for his team to think theyâ€™re better than they really are.
â€œWe need to pat our teammate on the butt, instead of ourselves on the back. Weâ€™re not a good enough team to get complacent,â€ he said. â€œAs fast as we went 3-1, we can lose seven in a row if we do that,â€ he added.
A concern Beam had entering Fridayâ€™s game was the unusual start time of 4:30 p.m., due to Christ School not having lights.
â€œFootball is played off emotion and when you play during the day itâ€™s not the same type of atmosphere,â€ Beam said.
â€œWe had more fans than they had, but they got themselves ready and Iâ€™m pleased with the way we played on offense.â€
by John Mark Brooks