Lincoln’s new names introduce themselves
Even with brand new names running the offense, the Lincoln Railsplitters haven’t lost a beat as they came out strong in their first game of the season and shocked the Tottenville Pirates by beating them 28-6 in Coney Island on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Lincoln won the coin toss and deferred to the Tottenville, who was quickly forced to go three-and-out and came up short when it went for it on fourth down. The Railsplitters had no such trouble as they marched down the field and capped off a 75-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Roget O’Neill to make it 6-0 halfway through the first.
Lincoln added another six minutes later when Paul “Don’t call me Pat” Litvak barrelled into the end zone on a three-yard touchdown run and this time they completed the two-point conversion to go up 14-0.
TURNING POINT: Lincoln had a big lead headed into the second quarter, but there was still plenty of time for Tottenville to mount a comeback. However, Lincoln successfully recovered a short kick and Litvak scored again on a 13-yard run to make it 20-0 with 10:07 still left in the first half. So Tottenville went from plenty of time to make up two touchdowns to panic-mode thanks to a kickoff that couldn’t be corralled.
TOUGH D: The offense was impressive, but Lincoln’s defense really didn’t give up much at all, especially the defensive backs. Elias Davis, who ultimately came up with a zero in the interceptions column, could have had a pair of picks, but made nice plays both times. Maurice Allen also played a strong game and came up with a great down the field tackle to keep Tottenville off the board.
Lincoln’s line also thoroughly dominated Tottenville’s Josh Rainey was on the run all night and was sacked a few times including a huge hit by Romello Martin, a transfer from Bishop Ford.
THE PRINCE OF BROOKLYN: Speaking of new transfers, it was a good night for them. In addition to Martin’s nice play, Justice Seales, also from Ford, had a nice play that helped contribute to a touchdown drive and Prince Klutsey, who came in from Holy Cross, had a great game with Lincoln’s final touchdown, a five-yard run, and 76 yards on the night.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: This was really a balanced effort by Lincoln as it ran for over 200 yards despite the fact that nobody had as many as 100 rushing yards. Still, Litvak stood out in his first start as quarterback for Lincoln. He came into the game billed as a QB with a solid arm so it was a bit of a surprise to see his running game so finely tuned. He finished with 68 yards rushing, and two touchdowns, and the term “bowling ball” came to mind when describing him as he ran over opponents.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I’m going to have to teach him out to slide,” Lincoln’s coach Shawn O’Connor said with a big laugh when asked about his quarterback’s willingness to run through opponents.
GET BETTER SOON: Dionte Fleming had to leave the game in the third quarter after a collision with teammate Kadeki Kelly and was taken to the hospital with concussion symptoms. It was too early to tell how bad the injury is, O’Connor wouldn’t even speculate about him coming back next week. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and he gets back on the field soon. Good lucky Dionte.
UP NEXT: Lincoln heads to Queens next weekend where it will take on Campus Magnet in Week 2. Before that, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle will cover the Erasmus Hall/Boys High game on Saturday, Sept. 6.