The Lincoln Prep football team may only have five seniors, but in this case, the quality more than makes up for the quantity.
On defense for example, the Blue Tigers are led by Jabari Hobson, who plays middle linebacker. Offensively, he also rushed for 885 yards and 14 touchdowns as a fullback.
Then there’s Joshua Van Dunk, a four-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines, who is already fielding offers from Division I programs including Missouri. Sean Timmons lines up at left tackle, where he is a Division II prospect.
Offensively, the Blue Tigers have senior running back Colandus Rucker, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 14 touchdowns, and quarterback Seth Fisher, who ran for 705 yards and another 10 touchdowns.
Even though those five are the only seniors, they are a small part of the 18 total starters who return this year, with nine on offense and nine on defense and 28 lettermen from the team that won the Interscholastic League. The Blue Tigers went 5-0 in league play and 6-4 overall with a victory against West Platte.
“Last year we learned how to compete against real good people but we didn’t win those games,” coach Henry Newell said. “This year we are going to try to learn how to win.”