Lincoln Prep blanks Northeast
By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Lincoln Prep came into its Interscholastic League contest against Northeast with a strong 1-2 punch with fullback Travis Martin and halfback Kalyn Davis.
The duo combined for nearly 400 yards rushing in last week’s win over University Academy and came into Thursday’s matchup at IL Stadium looking for an encore.
The curtain call would have to wait after Davis was injured early in Lincoln Prep’s 42-0 victory.
The injury dampened an otherwise positive night for head coach Henry Newell’s Blue Tigers, who improved to 3-3 overall on the season and took over first place in the IL with a 2-0 mark.
“It’s a good win said,” Newell said. “We’ve got to get better. We’re working, but it’s a good win.”
After the loss of Davis, junior quarterback/defensive back Harris Frazier put on an offensive and defensive clinic with several jaw-dropping scrambles, a couple more touchdown passes, a handful of bone-crushing hits from his cornerback position and, for good measure, an interception.
“Usually, I don’t play defense, but my coach called my number,” Frazier said. “I had to step up for my team and make some plays.”
The display made Newell a happy man.
“We’ve been asking him to do more for us,” Newell said. “When Kalyn went down, we needed him to step up. He did what he needed to do.”
Northeast head coach Kevin Bair’s team dropped its fifth straight, falling to 1-5 on the season and 1-1 in league play.
Bair said the Vikings are in need of something positive to happen and soon.
“We just need to stay within ourselves,” he said. “The most important game is the next one.”
Lincoln Prep started their first drive at their own 47-yard line and wasted little time moving the ball downfield thanks to the running of Davis and Martin.
Later in the series on a fourth and inches from the Northeast 43-yard line, the Vikings jumped offside resulting in a Lincoln Prep first down.
On the next play, barely two minutes into the game, Davis swept around right side for a 38-yard touchdown.
A successful extra point kick put the Blue Tigers ahead 7-0.
After a Northeast punt, Lincoln took over again at its own 47-yard line with eight minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After being stopped for short gains, the Blue Tigers went for it once more on a fourth-and-2 and converted.
On second-and-2, Davis broke free for a 22-yard gain, but landed awkwardly on the tackle. Davis was helped off the field with the aid of trainers and was done for the night.
Newell said Davis, a senior, would be back next week..
“He’s been dealing with a high ankle sprain,” he said. “We could have put him back in tonight, but we didn’t need to put him back in. We told him he was done.”
Three plays after Davis’ injury, on a fourth-and-9 from the Vikings’ 17, the Blue Tigers sent out the field goal unit. However, Adrian Ruiz Gonzales’ 34-yard attempt was no good. The miss gave the Vikings life.
They started on their own 20-yard line. Aided by an encroachment penalty on Lincoln Prep and later a 15-yard facemask penalty, the Vikings marched to midfield thanks to an effective running game.
On a third-and-5 from the Lincoln Prep 45, Northeast was dropped for a 2-yard loss. One play later, on fourth-and-7, Lincoln’s Isaac Smith broke up a pass, causing a turnover on downs.
Lincoln took over at its own 47 once more, but the Vikings’ Angel Rodriguez rocked Martin, causing a fumble that was picked up by teammate Emanual Murry.
The Vikings failed to capitalize on the turnover, losing possession after a fourth-and 11 from the Lincoln Prep 24-yard line came up empty.
On the next play, Martin burst through for a 76-yard touchdown run with 9:28 left in the second quarter. Ruiz-Gonzales’ extra point kick made the score 14-0.
After a time-consuming drive from Northeast, the Blue Tigers took over after another defensive stop on fourth down.
Starting near midfield with 5 minutes to go before halftime, Lincoln found the end zone again, this time on a 34-yard bob-and-weave run from Frazier.
Another successful extra point kick from Ruiz-Gonzales made the score 21-0 with 3:57 left in the second.
The Blue Tigers started their last drive before half with 1:46 left from the Vikings’ 49-yard line before finding pay dirt as Frazier wheeled and dealed in the backfield before finding Smith wide open for a 49-yard touchdown pass on a play that took just 13 seconds off the clock.
The extra point put Lincoln ahead 28-0.
“We came out and had a good game plan,” Bair said. “We executed it well for a quarter, quarter-and-a-half.”
Frazier continued a busy night, picking off a Rodriguez pass at midfield to give Lincoln the ball with 1:19 remaining in the half, but the Blue Tigers turned the ball over on downs and headed into the locker room with a four-score lead.
“(Davis) is a big key for us,” Frazier said. “But at practice we preach reloading, so the backups are ready to come in we somebody goes down. That’s what we stress.”
Looking for something positive out of the break, the Vikings instead turned the ball over on an interception by Lincoln’s Drake Paul.
The Blue Tigers started from the 50 one minute into the third quarter and promptly scored again on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to tight end Nate Simmons with a little more than 9 minutes left in the third.
The extra point kick made the score 35-0 and started a running clock with Martin finishing off scoring with a twisting 16-yard touchdown run as time expired in the third.
“I thought our offense did a great job running the ball,” Newell said. “We ran it well. Defense really picked it up. They did what they had to do.”
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