Landen Smith had 180 yards receiving, and the Lincoln County High football team took a big 43-35 win at Needles.

“They played incredible,” said coach Rich Ottley after his team handed Needles their first loss of the season.

“Most people in the league would probably consider that game an upset. I mean, we thought all along that we could do it, but to beat a team that was undefeated and first in the league was a big win for us.”

McClain O’Connor had another highly efficient game, completing 13 of 16 passes for 283 yards. O’Connor rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more. Ottley said Will Culverwell ran the ball and gave the Lynx some yards when they needed it. “And we hung on there at the end for the win, and it was a big win,” he added.

Lincoln, at 7-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, is in a three-way tie for first in the Division III Southern League with Needles (6-1, 5-1) and White Pine (5-2, 5-1). The team has a chance to earn home field advantage during the playoffs if it can finish strong. Two home games remain on the schedule – tonight’s homecoming matchup against Laughlin (1-6, 1-5) and an October 29 game against Agassi Prep (5-2, 5-2). “The kids are doing a great job,” Ottley said. “If we can beat Laughlin and Agassi then we would clinch first place and we would host both the playoff games at Lincoln.”

He added, “If we can finish strong then we will host playoffs, and it’ll be a big event here at Lincoln.”