Fresh off their victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in New Orleans last week, the Lincoln Trojans are set to visit the Florida High Seminoles tonight.
Both teams enter tonight’s game playing well, with neither having dropped a game. The Trojans (1-0) defeated one of Louisiana’s most established programs, St. Paul’s, by a score of 14-13 last Friday, thanks to a Travis Hearns interception return for a touchdown late in the game.
Not only did the team bring back memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives, but they learned a few things they hope will help them on the field for the rest of this season as well.
“The most important thing we learned is to stay together,” Trojans coach Yusuf Shakir said. “We fell behind early, but I was proud of the way the guys stayed together and fought hard until the end.”
Florida High is looking to build upon their last week’s victory as well. Despite a number of turnovers and penalties, the Seminoles were able to come away with a 13-point victory.
Florida High coach Jarrod Hickman is confident his team will minimize the mistakes this week.
“Our goal is to get better every week,” Hickman said. “A lot of times, it’s believed that the biggest improvement occurs between weeks one and two. But often times, it’s actually weeks two and three. We expect that to be the case for us.”
Hickman and his players know that has to be the case if they are going to defeat the Trojans, who they played tough last season but lost to in a six-point game.
“This is our third year in a row playing them, so our kids understand the level that they need to play at against these guys,” Hickman said. “We’re expecting a good game, and our goal is to execute like we know how, and come out with a win.”
Likewise, Shakir isn’t worried about his Trojans suffering an emotional letdown following the exciting trip to New Orleans.
“We have a veteran group of guys here,” Shakir said. “We have 10 guys that have played varsity football here for three years. So we don’t expect focus to be a problem. We know we’re playing a good Florida High team with a quarterback that can beat you with his arms and his legs, and they have speed at all the skill positions, and that can create some mismatches.”
Kickoff is at 7:30 tonight at Florida High Field.