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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans make it 18 straight against the Leon Lions in their Senior Night victory, winning 26-3. Senior quarterback Chris Brimm carried the Trojans, accounting for all of their three touchdowns.
Brimm and the Trojan offense started the game off strong scoring in just two minutes on their first drive after a kickoff return that set them up at the midfield mark. Fellow senior Malik Garye caught a perfectly placed ball from Brimm for a 19-yard score.
The Lions felt the need to answer and set up quite a first drive themselves. On the first play of the drive James Peterson ran up the middle for a long gain of 59. This set the Lions up on the Trojan six yard line. After giving up the large gain, the Trojan defense held tough and only allowed a field goal, but the defense did not falter the rest of the game.
After the Trojan offense put up another score, a one-yard run by Brimm, the defense became stingy. The Lions were held to just 70 total rushing yards and zero passing yards in the first half. The second half was not any better; Leon ran for 64 more yards and completed one pass for 17 yards. Peterson was the leading rusher with 77 yards. Stephan Pierre was getting to the Leon quarterback Tyhran Glasco, coming up with two sacks on the night resulting in a total loss of 24 yards.
Chris Brimm, on the other hand, was doing whatever he wanted on offense. The Lincoln quarterback threw for a touchdown and ran the other two in himself. Brimm threw for 107 of his 244 yards in the first half alone, that’s more than Leon had in the entire game.
With this victory, not only did the Trojans secure bragging rights, again, over Leon, but they also secured another district championship. This is their 18th in a row.
The Trojans must now focus their attention to the University High School Titans, after a bye week, on the 28th of October. Leon plays again a week from tonight at home against Duval Charter.
Nick Pierce, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing a 39-37 barn burner to Rickards last week, the Lincoln Trojans came out on top in a defensive struggle Friday night, beating rival Chiles 17-14.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Lincoln especially, as the Trojans only accounted for two first downs through two quarters of play. Chiles had a little more success and had three drives into Trojan territory.
Neither team scored until the final 1:54 of the first quarter, when Marquel Pittman returned a deep punt for a Trojan touchdown. Special teams were a double-edged sword for Lincoln, though, as the Trojans muffed three punts on the night, two being in the first half.
While Lincoln was able to recover their first muffed punt, a Chiles defender was able to fall on their second, setting up the Timberwolves at the Trojan 11-yard line midway through the second quarter. After two offensive penalties backed Chiles all the way to the 26, quarterback Avery Thomas hit Kris Reed for a 20-yard strike that set up the Timberwolves for fourth and goal at the 6. Timberwolves coach Gharett John called for some trickery on the ensuing play, but Jake Meyer’s fake field-goal pass attempt was knocked down in the end zone.
Chiles was able to force a three-and-out on the next Lincoln possession, forcing Caleb Hayes to punt out of his own end zone. Even after a solid punt, Chiles was able to start the drive at the Trojan 48.
Timberwolves running back Kris Reed broke free for an 18-yard rush to start off the resulting drive. Two plays later, he carried the ball again, this time into the end zone for a 26-yard Touchdown.
The next Lincoln drive faltered again, as Hayes was forced to punt. But the Trojan defense would come up huge on the ensuing Chiles possession, as Tre’jan Huggins sack-stripped Thomas on third down. The Trojans recovered at the Timberwolves 26, setting up Beto Aguirre to kick a field goal. This gave Lincoln a 10-7 lead going into the half.
After stalling Chiles’ opening drive of the second half, Lincoln muffed another punt. Chiles recovered and Shane Sanders dove up the middle for a 20 yard-touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving the Timberwolves their first lead of the night.
Lincoln responded by throwing the ball a lot more. Quarterback Chris Brimm had 10 of his 16 pass attempts in the second half for 65 of his 103 yards. He connected with tall receiver Malik Gary on third and goal from the nine for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter, giving the Trojans the lead for good.
“We knew they couldn’t cover our guys in space,” said Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir. “We felt like we were better athletes on the edge. We just wanted to get our guys in space and loosen some of those things up.”
Chiles’ best scoring opportunity in the 4th quarter came after Reed returned an interception to the Trojan 40. Lincoln’s defense remained strong, though, forcing three straight incompletions by Thomas and a three and out.
“We had a kick return for a touchdown and ended up winning by a field goal, so that’s the difference,” said Shakir. “But we gave them both their points on short drives. We muffed one punt which gave them a short field, but they didn’t end up scoring. The next punt we muffed they turned around and scored, so really, if we just secure the ball, they get zero points.”
Lincoln plays Leon next Friday at Gene Cox Stadium. Chiles travels to face Mosley.
Alec Chessari, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA (franchisesportsonline.net) – It was a slow start for Rickards football, but they were able to weather the storm.
Rickards at Lincoln was a great game and a tremendous effort from both teams. Lincoln got off to a fast start by forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Tre’jan Huggins for a 38-yard touchdown. On the next possession for the Raiders, Huggins comes up huge with an interception that he returned to the Raider’s 10-yard line. The Trojans capitalized on that turnover with another touchdown. Chris Brimm threw a 14-yard dart to Shakel Brown, putting the Trojans up 14-0 with 8:33 left in the first quarter.
“It’s not what happened to you it’s how you react, just keep battling it’s a long game keep fighting,” said Raider coach Quintin Lewis.
Rickards found themselves down early in the football game. Turnovers and penalties were hurting them and started to cause frustration along the Rickards sideline. The Raiders gave up over 21 points just off of turnovers. In the second half the Raiders came out on the field and immediately forced a fumble and Tavyn Jackson came up with the recovery on Lincoln’s 13 yard line. Destin Coates then ran it for a 13 yard touchdown and Derearl Phillips ran the ball in for the 2 point conversion to bring Rickards within 1 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.
“We did a great job of weathering the storm and I am proud of them, they kept fighting,” said Coach Lewis.
The second half was all Rickards. The defense only gave up 7 points in the second half and the offense was starving for the end zone. That’s what got them the 39-37 victory. Tylen Buckner came up with a huge hit on Lincoln’s Willie Williams on 3rd down. That got the stadium rocking. On Rickards next possession, Phillips hit Zachary Graham on a play action pass to convert a 4th down. Justin Cruse came up with a major sack in the 4th quarter on 3rd down with 59 seconds left. It was 4th down for the Trojans and they had to go for it. Javon Wooten broke up the pass and that was the ball game.
“I just knew that we were playing great football we just had to get ourselves out of our own way and once that happened I knew we were going to be successful,” said Coach Lewis.
Destin Coates had an explosive game and rushed for 146 yards on 22 carries and had 4 touchdowns to his name. Phillips was 6 of 12 for 183 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Marcus Riley had two interceptions and two tackles. Jackson and Javon Peterson each had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery to their name.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans withstood a late surge from the Leon Lions, winning 2-1 in this rivalry game. The Trojans scored their runs early, both coming in the second inning off of a single from senior second baseman Trevor McElroy.
The Trojan (16-4, 4-1) defense kept the Lions (10-13, 1-4) at bay, leaving their runners stranded almost every inning – including a bases-loaded double play to end the game.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans (13-4) stayed a perfect 7-0 at home after Tuesday night’s 6-4 win against the Forest High Wildcats (12-5). Starting pitcher for the Trojans Austin Pollock pitched three scoreless innings (4 total) to fend off the Wildcat offense before giving up three runs in the top of the fourth.
“I haven’t brought it up. I thought about it a couple times,” states Coach Vallese of Lincoln. “It’s great to come into your own place and know what you’re doing. Feeling that way down the road in the playoffs, that’s going to be big for us.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans and the Leon Lions meet once again for the second time in postseason play. The Trojans came out on top winning 57-52 at home in a high-intensity game.
Both teams spent the first two quarters feeling each other out; the combined score was 41 points at the half; Leon shooting 33% from the field, while Lincoln shot 30%. The second half is where the action really picked up.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Four quarters were not enough to decide the outcome of the 7A District Championship where the Lincoln Trojans went on to beat the Leon Lions 68-62.
Leon (18-8, 1-3), although officially the away team, hosted Lincoln (17-5, 4-0) and fought hard, but in the end could not keep up.
“First of all, let me just give coach Ricky Davis and the Leon Lions a lot of credit,” said Lincoln head coach Dimitric Salters. “They came in and they stood toe to toe with us tonight. They refused to lie down and lose…It’s really tough to beat a team three times, especially in their gym, regardless of who’s the favorite.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The matchup between Rickards and Lincoln was anticipated to be an even game, and the final score indicated how close these two teams really are.
It could have been anyone’s game in the final minutes, but it was Maurice Howards layup with just six seconds left that gave Rickards the 58-56 win over Lincoln.