JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Lincoln (MO) football team racked up 265 rushing yards and scored 23 fourth quarter points to defeat Lincoln (PA), 49-19, in the Battle of the Lincolns on Saturday night (Sept. 9).
The Blue Tiger defense held the Lions zero net rushing yards and just 182 passing yards while blocking a pair of punts and recording 10 tackles for loss. Phillip Kind and Aaron Brown each accounted for a blocked kick for the Blue Tigers, who, through two weeks, have now blocked three punts, turning two into touchdowns. On Saturday night it was Cody Alexander falling on the ball in the end zone to put the Blue Tigers ahead, 40-13.
Lincoln (MO) (1-1) started the scoring early, as Harold Lacy put seven points on the board with a five-yard run less than five minutes into the contest. Blake Tibbs later made it a 14-0 first quarter lead after hauling in an eight-yard pass from Eugene Sainterling. Lacy finished with 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28 carries, an average of 4.8 yards per rush.
Tibbs hauled in another eight-yard score in the second quarter to put the Blue Tigers up 21-0. Tibbs finished with 223 all-purpose yards, as he caught six passes for 77 yards; racked up another 87 yards on three punt returns; and had three kickoff returns for 59 yards. Sainterling, meanwhile, completed 15 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Lincoln (PA) (0-2) got on the board with a quick 24-yard scoring strike, but a two-point conversion attempt was no good. The Lions later cut the Blue Tiger lead down to 21-13 at halftime with a 26-yard pass. The Lions intercepted a Blue Tiger pass at their own three to end the first drive of the second half, but Edwin Durassaint tackled the Lincoln (PA) runner in the end zone on the very next play to make it a 23-13 affair.
The Blue Tigers added a 27-yard field goal on their next drive, then used a nine-yard reception by Miles Drummond early in the fourth quarter to take a 33-13 lead. Following Alexander's touchdown, the Lions scored for the final time on a 66-yard pass. They then went for two, but fumbled the snap. Amani Nelson recovered it and raced all the way into the opposite end zone to give the Blue Tigers two points.
Lacy opened the scoring and closed it as well, as his 22-yard touchdown run made the final score 49-19. Travis Martin added 94 yards on 12 carries, a 7.8 average, and Drummond finished with 41 yards on 17 attempts. Lacy also caught four passes for 40 yards while Drummond added 43 receiving yards. Eriq Torrey had a 21-yard reception on the evening.
Durassaint led a balanced defensive effort with five tackles while Alexander was next with four, including one for an eight-yard loss. Addison Tucker, Victor Williams and Robby Dieujuste each had three tackles apiece, with Dieujuste contributing two tackles for loss. Isaiah Gray, meanwhile, had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, sharing his first quarterback takedown with JaJuan Chambers. Jervonta Jones had two quarterback hurries and a tackle for a loss, while Julius Jackson and Willard Cotton also netted losses on tackles.
The Blue Tigers picked up their first win of the season in their first home game of 2017, in front of a big crowd of fans who came to see the new artificial turf, the new lights and the new video scoreboard. The Blue Tigers' 49 points were there most since a Homecoming win over Texas College in 2014. Saturday also marked the first night game that Lincoln (MO) has hosted since the 1970s.