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 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.
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.