Hogan runs past Lincoln Prep
By Toriano Porter
Hogan Prep resumed its suspended season-opening tilt against Lincoln Prep with a commanding 22-point lead to begin the third quarter.
The night previous Phil Lascoula’s Rams had dominated the line of scrimmage to race out to leads of 18-0 and 28-6 before play was halted due to the severe weather that caused delays throughout the metro.
The postponement was unfamiliar territory for Lascuola, a 23-year coaching veteran.
“That’s never happen to me,” Lascuola said Friday. “That’s a new one.”
On Saturday, Lascuola told his team to continue to pound the ball on the ground with quarterback Jai’len Jones and running backs Damon Buford and Jordan Carrick.
And that’s what the Rams did en route to a 46-14 win at Interscholastic Stadium.
In the first half alone, Jones had two rushing touchdowns and a 96-yard scoring strike to Roosevelt Cooper. Carrick scored the game’s first touchdown on a 32-yard run that capped a 10-play 80-yard scoring drive, and Buford darted for a game long 38-yard run in the opening half.
“Just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Lascuola said of the second-day game plan. “Pounding the ball.”
Lincoln Prep head coach Henry Newell said the Blue Tigers are young and it showed against the Rams. They flubbed their first snap of the season that led to a turnover, then proceeded to come up empty on two out of their other three first half drives.
The mistakes were self-induced, typical for a young squad in rebound mode after losing a bevy of seniors from last season. Seven of those since departed lettermen are playing college football.
The current makeup counts only seven seniors among the 32-player outfit. Several freshmen played crucial minutes against the Rams.
Baptism by fire aside, the pups need time to mesh with seasoned veterans such as Harris Frazier, a junior quarterback and safety, and senior running back/linebacker Travis Martin.
Martin scored Lincoln’s only touchdown of the first half.
“It was expected,” Newell said of the opening-game struggles. “We’ll be OK after we get a few games under our belts.”
The season started off with a bang for Hogan. The Rams scored on their first four possessions en route to a commanding first half lead, then tacked on three more second-half touchdowns to seal win No. 1.
Lascuola credited the Rams’ off-season dedication to workouts for their opening-game performance.
“We had probably 30 to 35 guys in there over the course of the summer,” Lascuola said. “They put in a lot of quality work.”
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