Columbia High sacks Lincoln, 28-14

Columbia High sacks Lincoln, 28-14

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Columbia High sacks Lincoln, 28-14

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They went into the half tied, but Columbia High’s defense proved to be too much for Lincoln on Thursday night as the visiting Tigers beat the Trojans, 28-14.

Columbia recorded 10 sacks on Lincoln quarterback Darius Harvey and also intercepted one of his passes. The corners played press coverage to disrupt the timing of the Lincoln offense, and it worked. Junior outside linebacker Zedrick Woods recorded four of Columbia’s sacks, wreaking havoc on the Lincoln offensive line.

“Coach (Brian) Allen is always preaching defense and pressure,” Woods said. “We want to come out and play hard every time we step on the field – never take a play off.”

While the Columbia defense was spectacular Thursday night, the same can be said for their junior running back Lonnie Underwood. He had 16 carries for 190 yards and 4 touchdowns, adding a pair of receptions for another 42 yards. The Lincoln defense couldn’t find an answer for the speedy back as he continued to pound the ball and wear down the Trojans.

“It’s always nice when you come out and have a game like that,” Underwood said. “We knew coming in that Lincoln is a great team and that we had to show up ready to play. We have so many playmakers, but I love when coach keeps giving me the ball. And that’s what he did tonight.”

While the Trojans couldn’t get anything going in the second half, the first half was a different story. They moved the chains behind senior athlete Mathew Donaldson, who had 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Harvey made plays with his feet, scrambling out of the pocket in the second quarter to find junior receiver John Burt for an 80-yard touchdown. But consistency was the problem for the Trojans.

“It’s really something I’ve been preaching to my guys on a daily basis,” Lincoln head coach Yusuf Shakir said. “We just made too many mistakes tonight and you can’t do that against a team like Columbia. They’ll make you pay for it. We just have to get back to practice and preach those same things. We have to be more consistent.”

Thursday night’s consistency came from the Columbia defense, and that’s something that Allen has instituted in his program.

“This is what I’ve wanted from day one,” said Allen, a former Florida State star linebacker. “Some of these guys have never had a defensive-minded coach, but they’re learning to pride themselves in their grittiness and their toughness. That’s what we want from our guys every time they step on the field. And you have to have that against a team like Lincoln.”

Columbia star defensive back Trey Marshall, a Florida State commit, was carted off the field after being hit hard while covering a punt.

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