Mustangs overpower Bears for S.F. title
The Lincoln Mustangs put together their most impressive outing of the season Friday night at Kezar Stadium, overwhelming Mission 53-0 to win the San Francisco Section football championship.
The Mustangs (12-0) were dominant in every phase. Quarterback Jovon Baker rushed four times for 118 yards and a touchdown, and completed three of his four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Desean Crawford carried the ball 12 times for 54 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Jalen Williams had a 79-yard touchdown run. The team had 300 yards rushing.
On defense, it was more good news for Lincoln, which held the Bears (7-5) to 81 yards of total offense and forced a staggering 13 fumbles, four of which the Mustangs recovered.
Lincoln, which earned its second section title in three years and sixth in the past 14 under head coach Phil Ferrigno, now awaits word on which California Interscholastic Federation bowl game it will be assigned to next week.
After the Mustangs had beaten the Bears 29-15 at Kezar on Oct. 12, few if any people could have been expecting what transpired Friday.
“We came into the game, the last couple of weeks, our offense has been a little sluggish,” Baker said. “I think it was due to the weather. We decided we needed to put a lot more time and effort into offense this week, and we just started clicking on all cylinders after that first drive.”
Said Crawford, “This was a team effort from working from freshman year to now; we were working all four years.”
Early mistakes put Mission in a hole, and then the onslaught came. A bad snap on a punt for the Bears put Lincoln on the Mission 23. Two plays later, Crawford scored his first touchdown on a 6-yard run.
After a touchdown early in the second quarter by Crawford made it 14-0, Mission’s Julian Milton took the ensuing kickoff back 79 yards to the Mustangs 9. It was a spectacular return, with Milton cutting back and forth across the field, avoiding multiple tackles before finally being dragged down. However, on a 4th-and-goal, another bad snap led to the Bears turning the football over on downs.
On the next play, Baker took a keeper around the left side, got to the sideline and sprinted to the end zone for an 89-yard touchdown. It was the backbreaker. Williams broke his big run on Lincoln’s next possession to make it 28-0.
Late in the half, another bad snap on fourth down set up a 2-yard touchdown by Crawford. A fumble by Mission quarterback McKinley Oliver set up a 15-yard Crawford scoring run and it was 43-0 at halftime.
Lincoln players celebrate their 53-0 victory over Mission in their San Francisco Section championship game at Kezar Stadium. No. 21 Buffalo 85, USF 81