The Lincoln Railsplitters entered Sunday’s game against Erasmus Hall on a 17-game winning streak, but that streak would finally come to an end as the Dutchmen beat them 18-16 at Sid Luckman Field in Brooklyn.
While Erasmus Hall only won by two points it was an impressive game where they had at least four offensive weapons, including quarterback Aaron Grant and receivers Kefa Cort, Shavar Brathwaite and Keon Gravenhise. Cort had two of the Dutchmen’s touchdowns including a 26-yard catch in the second quarter that got them on the board and a big kickoff return touchdown to start the second half. Gravenhise had the other touchdown on a 47-yard catch in the third quarter.
Erasmus Hall could have had two other touchdowns in this one. Jacob Croker recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown only to have it called off due to a block in the back penalty. On its next drive, Erasmus Hall got all the way to the one-yard line, but a fumble, recovered by Lincoln’s Corey Wright, ended that drive in disappointment.
For Lincoln, they struggled to get offense all game long. Paul Litvak found Justice Seales for a pair of touchdowns, but the source of most of Lincoln’s offense this season, Luis Rodriguez, was shutdown and even committed a costly fumble early in the game. Lincoln’s running backs, Prince Klutsey and Dayquan Audian had little success running the ball, Roget O’Neill was slightly more successful, but didn’t have his best game either.
Here are photos from the game: