By Joe Bachman
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Oshkosh North was welcomed to the “Isaiah and Isaac Show” on Friday night.
Finding the enzdone three times each, wide receiver Isaiah Westfall and running back Isaac Pelot led the Red Raiders to a 48-7 route of the Spartans of Oshkosh North in the first conference game of the year. Early in the first quarter, the Spartans looked strong, as they drove right down the field on their opening drive. However, Lincoln came up with a big defensive stop, which carried the defense and set the tone for the rest of the game.
“That’s the way we want to play D,” said Head Coach Tony Biolo. “When the line dominates like that and we can stop the run, we can play well.”
Linebacker Drake Biolo and defensive back Zachary Wendt both came up big with interceptions to contribute to an impressive defensive performance.
After Pelot found the endzone twice on 8-yard and 7-yard rushing touchdowns, respectively, Lincoln held on to a comfortable 13-0 lead after the first quarter. After a Dion Stulo touchdown cut the Red Raider lead to six, it was time for Isaiah Westfall to step it up.
Jacob Mancl would throw all three of his touchdowns on the night to Westfall, as he caught a 13-yard touchdown, followed by a 24-yard touchdown to put Lincoln up 27-7. Pelot followed suit with a 15-yard rushing touchdown of his own, only to be matched by a 28-yard connection between Mancl and Westfall for Lincoln’s sixth touchdown of the game, making the score 41-7 at halftime.
Jacob Mancl would go 12-for-13, 201 yards and three touchdowns, while top ranked Westfall would put up 149 yards on seven receptions with three touchdowns.
After Westfall and Pelot took a seat, it soon became the “Nash Coombs Show”, as he rushed for 101 yards on 6 carries for the night and ran in an 18-yard touchdown to put the scarlet & white up 48-7, where the score would stand for the rest of the game.
Pelot ran for 154 yards on 12 carries and put up his seventh touchdown in just three games — and Coach Biolo isn’t the least bit surprised.
“He was a workhorse last year, and he knew he was going to come on strong this year,” said Biolo. “He’s been running for some tough yards — he’s a durable kid and has put in some time in the weight room in the off-season.”
Lincoln will become the Red Road Raiders as they start a four-game road trip, starting next week at Neenah.