HS Game of the Week: No. 1 Lincoln vs No. 7 New Utrecht

Lincoln beat New Utrecht 26-6 in Week 4 of the season. Can they beat them again in round two of the playoffs? Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Lincoln beat New Utrecht 26-6 in Week 4 of the season. Can they beat them again in round two of the playoffs? Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK

WHO: No. 1 Lincoln High School (10-0) vs No. 7 New Utrecht (7-3)

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln High School, Coney Island, Brooklyn

WHY IS THIS GAME IMPORTANT: This could potentially be Lincoln’s biggest challenge left before Yankee Stadium (unless Boys High beats Tottenville on Saturday). The Utes have been inconsistent this year with loses to Flushing and Grand Street, two teams they can and should have beaten, but with proper motivation they have the talent to beat almost anybody in the city. If Lincoln sleeps on them it could be an interesting game.

Of course, these two teams met during Week 4 this season with the Railsplitters beating the Utes 26-6. New Utrecht failed to get much offense going that day as Jordan Nicholson and Leroy Hancle had interceptions and Brandon Vazquez and Jahsi Meade both recovered fumbles. Jaleel Brown was held to just 35 yards and no touchdowns in that game as well.

Can Lincoln shut the Utes down twice? It’ll be tough because New Utrecht is a loaded team from Richard Wright, to Brown, to Michael Velasquez, to Vonn Grant and they can also mix it up with Angelo Carrera at quarterback to give them another look as well.

Then again, Lincoln has their own weapons and they are more talented and more plentiful than New Utrecht’s. Javon Moore leads them at quarterback, Antoine Holloman is small, quick and hard to tackle, and there are about three or four options for receivers. And as good as Kadeen Dryden is, there is only one Thomas Holley.

This game is going to be a war. I can understand if people question why I made this game the game of the week, but, to me, it’s not a forgone conclusion that the Railsplitters can stop them and I’m not going to be at some other game to miss the potential upset of the year. The point is that both teams have a lot going for them, Lincoln is, and should be, the heavy favorite, but in PSAL football anything is possible.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

New Utrecht senior running back Jaleel Brown
New Utrecht senior quarterback Richard Wright
New Utrecht junior lineman Kadeen Dryden

Lincoln senior quarterback Javon “Spanky” Moore
Lincoln senior running back Antoine Holloman
Lincoln senior lineman Thomas Holley

COACHES:

New Utrecht: Alan Balkan
Lincoln: Shawn O’Connor

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

New Utrecht:
Sept. 7 24-12 victory over JFK
Sept. 13 16-0 victory over Canarsie
Sept. 21 30-20 victory over Susan Wagner
Sept. 27 26-6 loss to Lincoln
Oct. 4 27-0 loss to Flushing
Oct. 12 30-12 victory over Jefferson
Oct. 19 34-6 victory over Truman
Oct. 26 38-12 victory over Midwood
Nov. 3 30-0 loss to Grand Street
Nov. 9 26-24 victory over Clinton

Lincoln:
Sept. 7 42-6 victory over Curtis
Sept. 14 44-8 victory over Sheepshead Bay
Sept. 20 26-7 victory over Tottenville
Sept. 27 26-6 victory over New Utrecht
Oct. 6 44-0 victory over Campus Magnet
Oct. 11 36-12 victory over Midwood
Oct. 18 38-23 victory over Erasmus Hall
Oct. 26 27-12 victory over Fort Hamilton
Nov. 3 41-6 victory over Boys High
Nov. 9 56-30 victory over Midwood

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Follow Brooklyn Eagle Sports on Twitter @BkEagleSports for updates during the game. Then check back here at the website afterward for recaps, photos, and analysis on the game.


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