Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS)
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans entered the first round of the FHSAA class 5A playoffs in a matchup against the Columbia Tigers of Lake City last Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium.
It took overtime to decide a winner, but in the end Columbia (7-3) prevailed 35-28 after picking off Trojans quarterback Chris Brimm on Lincoln’s first possession in OT.
Lincoln led the entire fourth quarter until Columbia quarterback Davin Schuck scored on a three-yard run with only 49 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Then Kylen Callum put the Tigers on top with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
“The team didn’t take advantage of the team opportunities,” Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir said.
Lincoln had plenty of opportunities, especially early on helped by some spectacular play from Marquel Pittman.
“Pittman had a good night, speed level to have a good season with NFL, but we gave up some big plays in the first half,” said Shakir.
The Trojans scored 21 points in the first quarter, but couldn’t get any stops on defense to separate themselves and the game was tied 21-21 after one quarter. Neither team scored until the end of the third quarter, when Trojan Kai Davis intercepted Schuck and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown.
Lincoln kept their 28-21 lead until 49 seconds left when Schuck tied the game.
The Trojans finished their season 5-4 on the year, while Columbia will move on to face the Lee Generals Friday (November 18th) at 7:30.