Mus­tangs over­power Bears for S.F. ti­tle

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Damin Esper Damin Esper is a free­lance writer.

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.

D. Ross Cameron / Spe­cial to The Chron­i­cle

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

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