All-purpose Landon Smith leads Lincoln County to win

Lincoln County’s Landon Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and added a 34-yard reception catch from Cody Thornock as the Lynx routed visiting Lake Mead 45-0 in the Class 2A state quarterfinals.

“Landon is a great all-purpose guy,” Lincoln County coach Rich Ottley said. “Defensively, he’s great in pass coverage. He’s really fast — the fastest kid on our track team. And he’s such a dual-threat with rushing and catching passes. He’s led us in scoring and yards all year.”

Thornock, who completed 4 of 6 passes for 81 yards, also had 95 yards rushing and two scores for Lincoln County (9-0), which will host Yerington (7-1) in a state semifinal at noon on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Zachary Rowe had 103 yards rushing and two TDs for the Lynx, who rushed for 350 yards as a team.

“All of our running backs did a good job,” Ottley said. “We had three guys with 100 yards rushing, so the balance was good. And our offensive line play was really good.”

The outcome of Friday’s game, however, wasn’t always determined.

A 28-yard field goal by Aldo Tiberio was Lincoln County’s only score of the first quarter.

But the Lynx used three rushing scores in the second to build a 28-0 halftime lead and put the game away.

“Lake Mead is a big, physical team,” Ottley said. “Our kids just fought and weathered the storm. We had to stick with the game plan and grind away.”

Lake Mead finished 4-6.

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