North­men, Lions dom­i­nate at home

Lin­coln sub­dues Pan­thers

Woonsocket Call - - 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 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.

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.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

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.

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