The (New) Railers
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[August 19, 2017]
By Benjamin Yount
LINCOLN – About 30 minutes before the
Lincoln High School varsity football team took the field for Friday
night's Meet the Railers, senior running back Titus Cannon flagged
down a friend in the bleachers.
“Betcha I score on the first play,” Cannon said with a wide grin. “I
bet you I score the first time a touch the ball.”
A half hour later, on the third play of the scrimmage, Titus' first
touch, he sprinted about 45 yards for a touchdown against the
“I looked up, and I saw that Isaiah (Bowers) made a nice block on
the outside,” Cannon said about his predicted score. “I saw nothing
out there but green grass, so I ran to it.”
There is a swagger about the 2017 Railsplitters, or Swag as the kids
And Lincoln Head Coach Matt Silkowski doesn't seem to mind.
“It's not a cockiness,” Silkowski said about his team's new
attitude. “It's not an arrogance. It's just that we know what we
And what Lincoln has is a running attack.
Cannon, fellow senior Isaiah Bowers, sophomore Peyton Anderson all
carried the ball well during Friday night's scrimmage.
“There are about four to five kids who can score with the ball in
their hands,” coach Silky said. “We have a talented group of kids
here. It will be fun.”
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Railers Coach "Silky."
Lincoln starts in a new conference this year, the
Taylorville and Mt. Zion are the powerhouses in the Apollo, both
went to the playoffs last year.
But Effingham and Charleston both won just three games a piece.
Silkowski said he expects his team to win a few games, and be
competitive in the rest.
“I think the group doesn't buy into the 'Lincoln football hasn't
been good for so long',” Silkowski added. “This group doesn't care
about that stuff. They're going to do their thing. They believe in
their abilities and they believe in each other.
The senior, Bowers, said it best after the Lincoln vs Lincoln
scrimmage at Meet the Railers.
“A lot of our upperclassmen, coming into the new conference this
year we feel we have something to prove,” Bowers said.
Lincoln will get its chance to prove what they have when they open
the season on August 25 in Macomb.