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.
Jordan Pandy, Correspondent
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.
Continue reading Lincoln Baseball Edges Leon
Andrew Small, Correspondent
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.”
Continue reading Lincoln Baseball Remains Undefeated At Home
Jordan Pandy, Correspondent
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.
Continue reading Lincoln Advances To Regional Final
Jordan Pandy, Correspondent
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.”
Continue reading Lincoln Takes 7A-2 District Title In OT
Brielle Olorunda, Correspondent
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.
Continue reading Maurice Howard’s Game-Winner Downs Lincoln
Heather Merritt, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The rematch between district rivals Lincoln and Chiles was sure to be an intensely hard fought game.
Lincoln took the first game earlier in the season, but Chiles came into the game having won six of their last seven games.
Chiles played from behind the majority of the game, but were able to take a one-point lead with three minutes left. Lincoln senior guard Kyle Kincey responded with a three to regain control of the game and the Trojans went on to defeat the Timberwolves 61-52.
Continue reading Lincoln Holds Off Chiles