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Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 : 6:21 p.m.

Lincoln vs. Belleville wins first Game of the Week poll in record-setting turnout

By Kyle Austin


Lincoln will open its 2013 football season Friday.

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Lincoln jumped out to an early lead in the extended voting period for's first Game of the Week high school football poll, and led by quadruple digits most of the way through.

And the Railsplitters didn’t take a knee and run out the clock, accumulating another couple of hundreds votes on the final day to finish with an astounding 4,266 total votes when our poll closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday. That’s more than 57 percent of the total vote, and full 3,000 more than our second-place game, Milan vs. Ypsilanti.

As a result, Lincoln's 7 p.m. Friday game against Belleville has been named our first Game of the Week of the 2013-14 school year. That means we’ll be out there with multiple reporters and a photographer covering the game from every angle, plus holding a live chat.

The Railsplitters will look to return to the playoffs this year after barely missing it last year at 5-4. In 2011, they made the postseason for the first time in school history.

Lincoln and Belleville have opened the season against one another in each of the past two years, with Lincoln winning both.

Not a Lincoln fan? You’ve still got the rest of the year to get out the vote for your team, starting this Friday when our next poll opens. And starting tomorrow morning, we’ll be taking nominations as we select the five games that will appear on the poll.

Game of the Week chat participation

A reminder that in order to participate in the Game of the Week chats this year, users will need to sing up for user accounts. This is separate from your user account, so be sure to get on it.



Thu, Aug 29, 2013 : 3:25 a.m.

GO Tigers!

Guy Williams

Wed, Aug 28, 2013 : 11:51 a.m.

Nice job SplitterNation!