Lincoln may have lost some big names, but there is still plenty of talent in Coney Island and the Railsplitters showed it off in a big 28-6 victory over Tottenville on Friday night. The game was a rematch of last season’s PSAL championship game, but it didn’t look like it as it was one sided the entire night.
Perhaps the biggest revelation was quarterback Paul “Don’t Call Me Pat” Litvak, who came in with a reputation as more of a thrower and then showed that his running game can be dangerous as he used his size to push his way down field. He also looked solid making decisions in his first game and rarely hesitated on the field.
He was hardly the only one that made an impact though. Lincoln showed that it has multiple weapons on the field including backup quarterback Roget O’Neill, running back Prince Klutsey and receivers Luis Rodriguez and Justice Seales. The scary thing is that the Railsplitters are so deep this season that they have skilled players that weren’t even big factors in the game.
The defense also looked very good. Unfortunately, Dionte Flemming left the game with a concussion, but it’s not a big leap to assume that he was happy with the way the team played even in his absence. The only time Tottenville scored was on a bomb pass from Josh Rainey that was probably more than a little bit lucky (although he certainly has the arm to get lucky with the occasional 45-yard pass).
It’s hard to judge Tottenville off of this game. It did lose a lot of starters on the defensive side and it showed so the chances are that they all aren’t on the same page during the first week of the season. Lincoln might also be that good that it can smack even good teams like it did on Friday. If that’s the case then this could be a long season for the PSAL as Tottenville is typically one of Lincoln’s toughest opponents.
I haven’t completely made up my mind about which game will be the Game of the Week next week. I have a wedding to attend on Saturday so it has to be a Friday night game which narrows it down to either Grand Street Campus against Curtis or Midwood against Thomas Jefferson. I’m leaning toward Grand Street as the game of the week, but there is a good chance I will cover both games anyway. Before that, I’ll have complete game stories coming up this week for Lincoln and E-Hall on BrooklynEagle.com and hopefully a sidebar or two.
Until then, here are photos from Lincoln’s win over Tottenville: