The first quarter had come and gone and the No. 7 Midwood Hornets had already stopped the No. 2 Lincoln Railsplitters at the goal line twice and forced them three-and-out one other time. Tied at 0-0 in the second quarter, on Lincoln’s fourth drive of the game, this time Midwood only had to hold the ‘splitters at Lincoln’s own five-yard line.
It looked like they were going to do it too when it was third-and-10. If the Hornets could just get one more stop Lincoln would have to punt yet again.
It wouldn’t happen though as Javon “Spanky” Moore found Malik Andrews for a short dump pass that ended up being a 95-yard touchdown that made it 8-0 and wake-up call that Lincoln desperately needed.
“That was a good momentum swing for us,” coach Shawn O’Connor admitted after Lincoln’s 36-12 victory over Midwood in Coney Island Friday night. “Our guys dropped some big passes earlier in the game so it was good to see them not get down on themselves and get right back out there. They (Andrews and fellow receiver Carlos Stewart) have done a great job catching passes all season so you knew that they would come through eventually.”
That play didn’t exactly break open the floodgates though. Midwood came back later that quarter when quarterback Nicholas Falzone found receiver Jose Ocasio open for a 37-yard pass that set up a three-yard touchdown run by Brandon French that made it 8-6 with 1:32 left in the half. Lincoln came right back though and scored when Spanky found Stewart open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the half to make it 16-6.
That last touchdown was hard on Midwood. The Hornets came out in good spirits in the second half, but against such a superior team it was hard to see them coming back from down 10 points. It slowly played out that way too as Lincoln scored on a 63-yard run by Spanky in the third. Another Midwood touchdown by French on a 14-yard run hardly made an impact as it was followed up by a pair of touchdowns by Antoine Holloman in the fourth quarter.
For Lincoln, it was the second time in three weeks that a Brooklyn team gave them trouble as New Utrecht put the ‘Splitters to the test two weeks prior to this game. Coach O’Connor said after the game though that tough games like that are great for helping to prepare for big games like the upcoming one against Erasmus Hall next week. He added that teams rarely win championships without being tested this way.
For Lincoln: Moore finished with 259 yards passing, three touchdowns and an interception passing and another 69 yards and a touchdown running. Holloman had 89 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Andrews had 113 yards catching and Stewart had 98 yards with two touchdowns.
For Midwood: Falzone had 43 yards passing, French had 170 yards rushing with two touchdowns, and Ocasio had the one catch for 37 yards. Carl Colas had an interception in the end zone and Wesley Joseph had one on a two-point conversion attempt.