PREVIEW: LINCOLN GOLDEN EAGLES FOOTBALL
July 22, 2014Tri-Eastern Conference
Nine regular season games, nine regular season losses.
The 2013 football season was a rough go for Head Coach Phil Renforth and the Lincoln Golden Eagles. Each of those nine regular season losses was by 20 or more points and heading into the 2013 sectional tournament things looked bleak, until they scored a 21 point victory of their own over Hagerstown. Renforth is hoping that his squad will build on that portion of last year in order to build for the 2014 season.
Depth shouldn’t be an issue for the Golden Eagles who return 7 starters on offense and defense with a good core of juniors and sophomores who are set to fill in any holes. The key for the Eagles will be how physical those young role players can be.
“We have several starters returning and it appears like we will have good competition for depth at positions. Our numbers are good. But we really need to get stronger and more physical.” Said Renforth, who is entering his 13th season as head coach of the Golden Eagles.
Senior Ben Singer returns as the Lincoln Quarterback after throwing for eight touchdowns a year ago, and he will have one of his favorite targets back. Junior RB/LB Kyler Baker will be one of the offensive keys for Lincoln this year after leading the team in rushing and receiving a year ago running for 984 yards while catching 22 balls for 275 yards.
The offensive line is sure to be stout with returning starters senior Forrest Rihm (6’0”, 250) and junior Peyton Renforth (6’4”, 345) anchoring the unit. Renforth and Rihm are accustomed to the system and are sure to help the lineman heavy sophomore class adapt quickly.
With several losses from last year’s defense the Eagles will have to develop some talent quickly on this side of the ball. Rihm will headline the defensive line while junior Ben Bertsch will lead a line backing corps that is looking to improve on their defense a year ago that allowed 44 points per game in 2013.
The schedule does not make it any easier on Lincoln with three of their last four games on the road. The final two against rivals Northeastern and Hagerstown on the road.