2019 was one to remember for Vincennes Lincoln. The Alices claimed the 7th sectional crown in program history and the first since 2006.
"It was fantastic man," said Lincoln Senior Andrew Brown. "At the beginning of the season we battled a little bit. We weren't doing too hot but then week four clicked. Since then, we started grinding and grinding and we came out with a championship."
"All our hard work paid off and after week four, or week five, we started focusing in and that's what happened," said Lincoln Senior Emmanuel Smith.
Lincoln got off to a forgettable 1-4 start, but rallied to win seven in a row before falling in the regional championship. During that streak, the team tightened up their defense and allowed no more than 21 points a game, but if you ask the Alices, it was about more than cleaning things up on one side of the ball alone.
"One of the main things probably was our offense," said Lincoln Head Coach Levi Salters. "Production picked up, so our time of possession on offense was extended and that really helped out our defense. We moved some kids around to get some faster kids on the field and we started playing some younger kids as well. We just went with the kids that we knew were going to know what they were doing and bought into the program."
"Our defense right now, I think we return like 9 people from defense last year and we all just believed in something," said Brown. "We all just bought into it and after that, it was over with."
Now a member of the SIAC, Vincennes Lincoln believes they have a more challenging schedule which will prepare them in the long run.
"It will definitely make us a lot stronger," said Smith. "Every week is going to be a tough competition. We're going to have to play our hardest and give it all we got and in the postseason, we're going to be expected to win, and that's what we're going to do.