Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans football team defeated the Rickards Raiders 49-0. The win would end a long losing streak against Rickards for the Trojans.
After only two plays of scrimmage, Rickards quarterback Greg Winters threw a pick-six to Lincoln cornerback Jalen Glaze for 40 yards, giving the Trojans the 7-0 lead.
Lincoln would add to this lead with a one-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Sage Ennis, which would make the Trojan’s lead 14-0. This would also be the score at the end of the first quarter.
Lincoln quarterback Christopher Beard would connect with wide receiver Marko Skarcia for a 37-yard touchdown pass, ending a 73-yard, 11 play drive with 10:30 left to go in the 2nd quarter.
Lincoln would take over at the Rickards 23-yard line after a failed fourth down conversion by Rickards. This would lead to 23-yard touchdown throw by Beard, extending their lead to 28-0.
Beard would add two more touchdowns in the first half. He would have another passing touchdown, making their lead 28-0.
After Lincoln running back Chris Pendleton’s one-yard touchdown run, Beard would rush for a five-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. At the end of the first half, the Trojans would lead Rickards 42-0.
In the second half, both head coaches would agree to have a running clock.
The Trojans would score on their first drive of the second half, with Beard passing for his third touchdown, this time to tight end Kamari Morales for 13 yards.
Beard would go 10-18 on the night, with 179 passing yards and 4 total touchdowns. Pendleton would also contribute with 96 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Lincoln head coach Quinn Grey said both Beard and Pendleton are playing well going into a crucial stretch of games.
“They’re hitting their stride at the right point in the season,” Grey said. “To have those guys come out in this type of game and to have a big game, it was big.”
Grey said he and his team were motivated to finally beat the Raiders.
“The seniors on our team had yet to beat this team since they have been in high school. There was motivation there for them,” Grey said. “But at the end of the day, we were more concerned about coming out here to play a good football game and not making mistakes that we’ve made in the past.”
Lincoln will end their Touchdown Against Cancer series at Gene Cox Stadium next Friday night against Chiles High School. Rickards will be hosting East Lake High School from Tarpon Springs, Florida on Oct. 5 at Gene Cox Stadium.