No. 2 Lincoln High School (4-0) took the next step in its road to Yankee Stadium as it beat No. 4 New Utrecht (3-1) 26-6 in Coney Island Friday night to remain a perfect 4-0 behind a pair of passing touchdowns by Javon “Spanky” Moore and a pair of rushing touchdowns by Antoine “A-Train” Holloman.
A-TRAIN ROLLING: Holloman, who is the Railsplitters most dangerous offensive weapon, ran the ball 26 times for 113 yards and two TD’s. His first game early in the game on Lincoln’s first drive when he helped them to march down the field for 65 yards before he capped it off with a two-yard touchdown to go up 6-0 with 4:11 in the first. On the Railsplitters’ next possession A-Train did it again, helped to lead them downfield and then finished with a three-yard run to make it 12-0 with 9:22 left in the first half.
END-ZONE INTERCEPTION: Lincoln nearly went into halftime with at least an 18-0 lead, but Vonn Grant stepped up for New Utrecht by making an end-zone interception in the final seconds before the first half ended to preserve the 12-0 lead.
TD PASSES: That was only a temporary delay though as Lincoln came out strong in the second half as Moore threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luis Rodriguez that made it 18-0 with 4:15 left in the third quarter. Then Moore found Carlos Stewart for a nine-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 left in the third and Lincoln finally connected on a two-point conversion to make it 26-0.
UTES MISSED CARRERA: New Utrecht played without quarterback Angelo Carrera as he was out with a concussion. This meant the Utes essentially didn’t have their two biggest offensive weapons because not only did they miss Carrera, but their best receiver, Richard Wright, was forced to play quarterback.
4TH QUARTER FRUSTRATION: Wright struggled for most of the game too, but brought the team together for a fourth quarter that Lincoln won’t forget. Following Lincoln’s final TD, the Utes brought the ball down field 80 yards and capped off the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Michael Velasquez to get on the board 26-6 with 10:05 left in the game. Wright did enough to frustrate Lincoln some more that quarter, but could not find the end zone again before the game ended.
STATS: Holloman had 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Moore connected on eight passes for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Stewart and Rodriguez had one catch each, both for touchdowns. Malik Andrews had 121 yards receiving. Jahsi Meade had a forced fumble and Brandon Vazquez recovered one. Leroy Hansen had an interception as well.
LATER: I’ll post photos from the game on Saturday night and I’ll have another story on Lincoln for Monday.