North­men, Lions dom­i­nate at home

Lin­coln sub­dues Pan­thers

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BREN­DAN McGAIR bm­c­gair@paw­tuck­et­

LIN­COLN – Be­fore you can walk, one must learn how to crawl.

Be­fore the Lin­coln High foot­ball team could en­ter the Di­vi­sion II play­off dis­cus­sion, the Lions first had to get past John­ston on Fri­day night.

Mis­sion ac­com­plished. With ju­nior quar­ter­back Ran­dall Hien pass­ing for four touch­downs – two apiece to sopho­more Ni­cholas Toro and ju­nior Kyle Moi­son – and the Lin­coln de­fense hold­ing the John­ston out of the end zone, the Lions rolled to a con­vinc­ing 39-2 tri­umph at Fer­gu­son Field. The win im­proves Lin­coln’s record to 2-3 against Di­vi­sion II-A com­pe­ti­tion with two games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son. The re­main­ing games are against Rogers (next Fri­day) and Coven­try (Oct. 26).

The game against the Vik­ings, which for the Lions is at home, will go a long way in de­ter­min­ing whether Lin­coln ends up qual­i­fy­ing for the play­offs for the fourth straight sea­son. Long be­fore such thoughts could be en­ter­tained, the Lions had to take care of busi­ness against a Pan­thers’ out­fit that had been outscored 161-20 in their first four league games.

“They chal­lenged them­selves this week and brought the in­ten­sity,” said LHS head coach Sean dCa­vanaugh. “They played hard. We had a lot of mov­ing parts and a lot of sub­sti­tu­tions, but ev­ery­one stepped up.”

The tempo for a long evening d for the Pan­thers was set pretty early. The Lions needed just three plays on their open­ing drive to pro­duce points. On third-and-10, t Hien rolled to his right and found Moi­son, who pulled away from the Pan­thers on his way to a 59dyard score. Hien then hooked up with Toro on the two-point try that staked the home team to an 8-0 lead at the 10:51 mark of the d first quar­ter.

Pho­tos by Ernest A. Brown

North Smith­field se­nior Ja­son Meri­weather (1) had an in­ter­cep­tion to go along with four catches in the North­men-Moun­ties’ 35-6 Di­vi­sion IV vic­tory over Ex­eter-West Green­wich/Prout. Lin­coln’s Julien Kar­raz (28, bot­tom left) scored a rush­ing touch­down and quar­ter­back Ran­dall Hien threw four TD passes in the Lions’ 39-2 Di­vi­sion II home win over John­ston Fri­day night to im­prove to 2-3.

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