Lincoln stays hot, knocks off Florida High

Lincoln stays hot, knocks off Florida High


Lincoln stays hot, knocks off Florida High


It was nothing spectacular the Lincoln football team did to win Friday night in its visit to Florida High.

Eight- and nine-play touchdown drives started the effort. Mix in timely capitalization off the Seminoles’ turnover-prone offense, and the Trojans created a quick and sturdy lead.

Ho-hum works just fine for Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir — his team picking up a 42-30 victory — following a return from last week’s trip to Louisiana, and all the hoopla surrounding it.

But an optimal effort it was not.

“A win is a win, but we have a lot of things we need to work on, improve on,” said Shakir, whose team fumbled twice. “We need to stay focused and not beat ourselves. We haven’t done a good job focusing, but we’ll work on it, practice and improve.”

Lincoln safety Kendall Randolph scored two defensive touchdowns — returning an interception of Florida High quarterback Darius Harvey 60 yards in the first quarter, and in one bounce scooping Seminoles running back Khari Lewis’ fumble off the grass to race 35 yards untouched in the second.

“The coaches always teach us to make a play on the ball if it’s in the air,” Randolph said. “If we have an opportunity to go that extra distance, you go for it so we can give the offense better field position.”

Lincoln running backs Ben Robinson, Reggie Davis and Karron Matthews all had their moments, gracing the end zone with their scoring presence. Travis Hearns scored on a 24-yard run to finalize the Trojans’ offensive output.

Lewis was the lone consistent bright spot for Florida High (2-1), carrying 24 times for 167 yards to negate part of the team’s three turnovers.

“The kid is playing outstanding, the line is playing well,” Seminoles coach Jarrod Hickman said.

“We knew they’d try to key on him and we did some things in the first half to lighten the load. But we came out in the second half and said let’s do what we do and what we’re successful at. He ran extremely hard through a lot of arm tackles tonight.”

Harvey managed to hit Darryl Copeland on a swing pass in the first quarter and the speedy flanker raced 65 yards for a touchdown.

Harvey also added a 10-yard run for a score in the third quarter and a 1-yard keeper after a Trojans turnover in the fourth, but mostly Lincoln (2-0) controlled the line of scrimmage and was never in trouble.

Harvey hit Matt Donaldson on a 24-yard strike with seven seconds left to close the margin of victory.

“We knew this would be an uphill battle for us,” Hickman said.

“I think we’re a good football team, we just can’t give them extra opportunities, and we gave them two touchdowns. But we battled. We’re not far, but we can’t turn the ball over in big games and expect to come out on top.”


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