Northmen, Lions dominate at home
Lincoln subdues Panthers
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 d Cavanaugh. “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 59d yard 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.
Johnston (0-5 Division IIA) had a promising first-quarter drive snuffed out as LHS senior Michael Marcaccio came away with an interception in the end zone. Marcaccio brought the ball out to the eight-yard line but a Lincoln penalty pushed the Lions near the goal line. The only point the Panthers recorded on the night came when Julian Karraz was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
Lincoln quickly moved past the safety with an explosive second quarter that featured touchdowns on three straight drives. Karraz broke free for a 52-yard score and Hien passed for touchdowns to Toro (30 yards) and Moison (31 yards). Just like that, the Lions enjoyed a 29-2 lead.
Lincoln kept it going in the third quarter. Hien’s fourth and final scoring strike of the contest was a thing of beauty as he rolled right, which bought a few extra seconds for Moison to find some space in the end zone. The end result was a 19-yard score that was Moison’s second touchdown grab of the game.
The capped on what was Senior Night for Lincoln came at 10:23 of the final quarter when Erick Solorzano converted a 35yard field goal.
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.
Lincoln quarterback Randall Hien (center) threw four touchdown passes to lead the Lions to a 39-2 victory over Johnston Friday night at Ferguson Field.