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Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 5:35 a.m.

Lincoln vs. Huron far ahead in high school 'Game of the Week' poll, still time to vote

By Pete Cunningham


The Lincoln High School football team has enjoyed unprecedented support from its student body of late, and it's showing up in the Week 2 Game of the Week poll. file photo

The defending Division 2 state champion Birmingham Brother Rice High School football team is coming to Ann Arbor on Thursday, but the Warriors are up against a foe not even they could be prepared for.

It's "Splitter Nation."

The supporting community of the Lincoln High School Railsplitters football team, aka Splitter Nation, finally had something to rally behind last year when Lincoln went from winless to its first ever postseason berth. Games that used to be sparsely attended on the regular -- and Game of the Week polls that would have been ignored -- are now dominated by the blue and silver support group.

Since opening voting in the Game of the Week football poll for Week 2 on Friday, 440 votes have been cast and 348 of them (79.1 percent) are from people who want to see the Lincoln (1-0) vs. Huron (0-1) game at Riverbank Stadium on Friday be treated as the area's "Game of the Week."

No other game has even reached 60 votes.

In second place with 56 votes (12.7 percent) is the Birmingham Brother Rice (0-1) vs. Pioneer (0-1) game, scheduled for Thursday night at Hollway Field. Brother Rice is fresh off of a loss in Week 1 to defending Division 1 state champion, Cass Tech. Pioneer is also coming off of a loss in Week 1, 35-7 to Warren De La Salle.

In third place in the voting is the Dexter (0-1) vs. Skyline (0-1) game, which has 19 votes (4.3 percent) and is scheduled for Thursday night at Skyline High School where the Eagles will attempt to get their first home victory in program history.


The sunset during Chelsea's game versus Jackson Lumen Christi provided a beautiful glow to the game.

Chris Asadian for

A distant fourth is Thursday night's Chelsea (0-1) vs. East lansing (1-0) game with 17 votes (3.9 percent). Both squads being perennial powerhouses isn't getting them any love from the voters, but if Chelsea could guarantee as beautiful of a setting like the one the sunset provided in last week's game against Jackson Lumen Christi, the Bulldogs might get a lot more votes.

A reminder that the winner of the poll gets the Super Bowl treatment from with two reporters and a photographer at the game. A live chat will also take place, which readers can participate in on-site by downloading an application for their iPhone or Android mobile device

Voting closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, so there's still plenty of time to catch the Splitter Nation, or support it.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for



Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

All I can say is proud to be a part of Splitter Nation!


Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

Hopefully the Railsplitters will leave the hometown refs in Ypsi. this year and win or lose fair and square.


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

I usually regret posting because it often backfires, but I can't resist clearing this issue up since I've been asked about it several dozen times in the past year. Any time a punter goes into his kicking motion, as long as it is behind the line of scrimmage, he is protected by "Roughing" rules against hitting him. The fact that the punter had sprinted several steps isn't relevant to whether he was roughed or not. Roughing rules are only waived when the defending team blocks, or partially blocks, the ball being kicked, which didn't happen in that situation. Yes, it was a crucial part of the game - we scored to make the game a two TD difference on that drive. The officials did, however, get the call right as the punter was attempting to kick the ball as he was hit, and the ball was not blocked in any way. We, at Lincoln, owe great thanks to our fantastic fans...and we will continue to do our best to earn your support. I too, am very proud to be a part of the Splitter Nation. Thanks - Chris Westfall


Tue, Aug 28, 2012 : 2:22 a.m.

Sorry, but that was one of the worst calls I have ever seen, and yes it did pretty much determine the outcome of a close game. ..or do you think it was a good call?


Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

Give me a break hometown refs. Huron had chances to win the game without the roughing the kicker call. How about the long run by your tailback and he was hawked down from behind by the Lincoln cornerback, and Huron fumbling 2 plays later. Lincoln's defense owned Huron and the officials did not play a part in the final score. Lincoln WAS the better team and earned the win.


Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 5 p.m.

If you would have seen the game in question and specifically the "roughing the kicker" penalty when the KICKER WAS RUNNING WITH THE BALL on a busted play, you may have had a different least with respect to the Huron game.

Monica G

Mon, Aug 27, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

Considering that the Railsplitters didn't win at all in 2010 (and won only a few games total in the 4 years previous), I doubt the refs had much to do with last year's winning season.