Lincoln Prep shuts out Northeast
By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Lincoln College Prep has pretty much had its way with Interscholastic League opponents the last two seasons, capturing back-to-back titles with a combined league mark of 9-0.
So a Class 3 District 8 playoff game between No. 3 seed Lincoln Prep and No. 6 seed Northeast offered the Blue Tigers one more chance to engage an IL opponent.
The mastery continued Friday night at IL Stadium as Lincoln Prep handled the Vikings 60-0 to advance in state playoff competition. The Blue Tigers, 7-3, will face No. 2 seed St. Pius X, 6-4, next Friday for a chance to play for a district championship.
Lincoln Prep head coach Henry Newell knows what’s in store after knocking off Northeast for the third time in the last two seasons on senior night for the Blue Tigers.
“We wanted that seventh win,” Newell said. “That’s the most wins we’ve had at Lincoln since 1996. Plus it puts us in the semifinals of districts and our goal is to get to the district final. We’re one game away from where we want to be.”
The loss ended Northeast’s season at 2-8. The game also left head coach Terry McCray hungry for off-season workouts.
“We have to get in the weight room,” McCray said. “We have to get stronger. We have got to be more physical. We got beat because they are stronger. The teams that we lost to this year were a lot stronger than us. This is my third season here and all I talk about is the weight room, the weight room, the weight room.
“We are not buying into the weight program and that is why we are struggling. If they want to win, they are going to have to get in the weight room. It’s as simple as that.”
Both teams came out of the gate with a case of the yikes as both traded fumbles on their first possession.
Lincoln Prep fumbled on fourth and goal from the Northeast 1-yard line after a lengthy drive. Northeast fumbled five plays later to give Lincoln a first down from the Vikings’ 38-yard line.
After runs by senior Jabari Hopson and junior Kaylyn Davis, Hopson scored on a 9-yard run that was nullified by a holding penalty.
On a second and goal from the 18, Davis romped 13 yards to the Vikings’ 5. A play later Hopson’s touchdown run held up and put the Blue Tigers ahead 6-0 with 2 minutes, 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
A successful extra point made the score 7-0
Lincoln Prep’s Duane Clayton intercepted a Northeast pass attempt on the next series to give the Blue Tigers a first and 10 from the Vikings’ 48 as the end of the first quarter neared.
Travis Martin then scooted 18-yards for a score less than a minute into the second quarter to push the Blue Tigers’ lead to 13-0.
Clayton later recovered a fumble to give Lincoln Prep a first and 10 from the Vikings’ 46-yard line with 8:26 left before halftime. Martin then rushed 11 yards and Davis powered for five more before Hopson broke off a 30-yard scoring run that gave Lincoln Prep a 19-0 lead.
A fake punt on a fourth and 7 from the Vikings’ 31 yard line paid off as Joshua Van Dunk rumbled 25 yards for a first and goal from the 6 to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Hopson.
Van Dunk, a senior, is listed as 6-foot, 2-inches and 260 pounds. He looked stealth on his first down run.
“We’ve had it in for a couple of weeks now,” Van Dunk said. “We finally ran it this game. If I work on getting my legs up maybe I could have scored, but I got a first down and we were able to score off that.”
On the ensuing kickoff Van Dunk recovered his own squib kick with 1:03 left before halftime, but the Blue Tigers were forced to punt and took a 25-0 lead into halftime.
Hopson’s 21-yard run to finalize the first Blue Tigers drive of the third quarter pushed the lead to 32-0 with the aid of a successful extra point kick.
Sophomore quarterback Harris Frazer’s 9-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Issiac Smith helped stretch the Blue Tigers’ advantage to 39-0 midway through the third.
Nathaniel Simmons returned an interception 54 yards to the 1-yard line to set up a touchdown run by Frazier. The extra point made it 46-0 with 2:42 left in the third quarter.
Davis later scored on a 44-yard fourth quarter run and the Blue Tigers returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown to cap off a dominating performance by Lincoln Prep.
“Our seniors stepped up,” Newell said. “I didn’t think it would be that kind of score, but that’s football.”
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