Lincoln High’s Travis Hearns figured sleep was out of the question during the overnight bus ride home from New Orleans on Friday night.
Hearns’ 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted the Trojans past St. Paul’s School 14-13 in the second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in the Superdome.
“I am so wide awake right now; it’s one of the best days of my life,” Hearns said.
“I can’t even describe the overall experience. There were some pregame jitters but after the opening kickoff, they all went away. Still, I can’t even wrap my mind around it. It was so much fun.”
Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir was proud of his team’s effort against one of Louisiana’s most established programs.
Lincoln (1-0) rallied from a pair of deficits and held St. Paul’s (1-1) to 46 total yards — 16 passing, 30 rushing. The Trojans finished with 226 total yards.
The game was the Trojans’ season opener after Tropical Storm Isaac forced Pensacola High to cancel its trip to Tallahassee last week.
“It was way too exciting,” Shakir said.
“It was just a phenomenal experience, something the kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives. For the first game of the year, I was really pleased. We have to work out some kinks, but it was just an exciting experience all the way around.”
Ben Robinson led the Trojans with 107 rushing yards and 23 carries. He also had an interception to close the game in the final moments.
Lincoln was scheduled to arrive back home around 5 a.m.