Erasmus Hall scored on the very first play of the game, but then Lincoln went on a 28-0 run and eventually won 38-23 in Coney Island on Friday night to improve to 7-0 as E-Hall falls to 6-1.
Lincoln’s Javon Moore threw for 181 yards and four touchdowns. Malik Andrews had two of those touchdowns and Carlos Stewart had Luis Rodriguez each had one. E-Hall’s Curtis Samuel ran for 135 yards, but he didn’t play much in the fourth quarter as he left the game with an ankle injury. Lincoln did a good job holding Kahlil Lewin to just 78 yards.
The turning point of the game happened early when E-Hall was still leading 7-0 and Lincoln’s Kareem Guess picked off a pass from Elijah Davis and ran it back 56 yards to the four. Eventually Moore found Andrews in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass that put Lincoln ahead 8-7.
Lincoln would never look back from there. Moore found Stewart early in the second quarter for a 14-yard touchdown pass on a gutsy fourth-and-seven play. After it took a 14-7 lead into the second half, Lincoln kept adding on as Andrews had a 79-yard touchdown catch , then Rodriguez had a 43-yard touchdown catch to make it 30-7. E-Hall made it a little interesting after that as Darin Peart caught a 31-yard pass, but Lincoln’s Leroy Hancle had a 35-yard run that pretty much ended the game.
E-Hall’s Davis had the scary moment of the game when he broke his leg late in the first quarter. He was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
Other notes: Peart had an interception that deflected off Deonte Roberts‘ hand in the first quarter. Peart also caught a touchdown pass. E-Hall’s Clayton Gravenhise recovered a fumble in the fourth and Lincoln’s Nyjel West recovered a fumble in the third quarter.