Lincoln Midnight Madness 2011 By Marcus Joseph

Preview: (9)Lincoln HS vs. St. Paul – Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Classic

By: Marcus Joseph

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Classic will feature North Florida’s top high school football program Lincoln high school, who will be meeting St. Paul’s high school from Covington, La.

This classic will not only feature Tallahassee’s top football program, but also Plant High School from Tampa, who will be facing John Curtis-Plant in the second game after Lincoln’s game.

Coach Yusuf Shakir and the Lincoln Trojans will be kicking their season off against Louisiana’s top 5A football program. The Wolves are 32-5 in the last three years under head coach Ken Sears, who has been coaching the Wovles’ for eight years now.

St. Paul were knocked off in their home-opener last week to the John Curtis Patriots, (26-7), in a game that was scheduled 24 hours prior to kickoff.

The Wolves gave up the lead in the second half of the game, after dominating on defense and executing on offense with going 63 yards in 18 plays for the touchdown drive. But, the Wolves were just unable to slow down the Patriots on the on the ground or in the air.

The Patriots passed for a total of 62 yards and rushed for a total of 305 yards. St. Paul’s senior QB passed for a total of 116 yards in his season-opener. The Wolves’ struggled on the ground attack only rushing for a total of 67 yards, with 20 yards as their longest run of the night by Marcus Gaines, who finished with a total of 46 yards.

The Patriots (1-0) are now preparing for their matchup against Plant (Tampa, FL).

The Lincoln Trojans were unable to play in their original scheduled first regular season game, due to weather issues with Hurricane Isaac. The class 4A Lincoln Trojans were state champions in 1999, 2001 and 2010 and reached the semifinals in 2009.

The Trojans have six very talented and high recruited athletes that will be competing against Louisiuan’s top high school football program. (Kendall Randolph CB, Taj Williams WR, Korey Charles RB, Reggie Davis WR, James Hearns ILB, Travis Hearns LB)

Under head coach Yusuf Shakir the trojans have won 13 consecutive district titles.

Earlier this week, the Trojans were and still are ranked at No. 9 on the only Florida all-classification football poll by FlaVarsity.

This second annual classic event will start at 6 p.m. with Lincoln High School. Both games will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest in the Gulf states region as well as the Sunshine Network throughout Florida.


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