Lincoln runs its way into Yankee Stadium
With yet another outstanding performance in a season full of them, the Lincoln Railsplitters are headed back Yankee stadium.
Led by senior quarterback Jessel Jones, Lincoln took care of business, 30-14, against a feisty Clinton team to make their second consecutive Championship division final appearance on Saturday.
The rushing game was the story as Lincoln (12-0) put up 284 yards on the ground, most of which was split between Jones and senior running back Kareem Folkes.
Showing just how explosive their offense has been, the Railsplitters got on the board on their first possession with Folkes doing much of the heavy lifting. He carried the ball five times for 43 yards with Jones finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown with 7:53 left in the first quarter.
On the next possession, Jones started things off with a bang, rushing outside and up the sideline for an impressive 31-yard carry. This time Folkes would be the one to finish the drive with a touchdown to give Lincoln a 14-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
The Railsplitters defense, which has been devastating all season, was a force early, limiting the Governors in the first quarter to -5 yards and only eight plays.
The second quarter wasn't any kinder to Clinton as Lincoln ate up the clock on a 10-play, 66-yard drive that resulted in a nine-yard Jones pass to wide receiver Tarik Pusey to put the Railsplitters up 22-0 with 5:02 to go in the first half.
Just when this game appeared to be in the bag for Lincoln, the Governors found a ray of hope courtesy of a huge run up the middle by junior Haleem Livingstonwith 10:57 left in the third quarter.
Despite getting on the board and limiting Lincoln thoughout the third, Clinton couldn't capitalize on its opportunities as Lincoln destroyed potential scoring drives late in the quarter with unbelievable line penetration.
Jones ran in the Railsplitters final touchdown of the day with 11:51 left in the fourth, all but sealing Lincoln's victory. He finished 7-of-11 for 82 yards and a touchdown and 16 rushes for 130 yards and two more TDs. The senior quarterback was celebrating his 17th birthday and couldn't have asked for a better birthday present.
Clinton (8-4) found another touchdown, this time from senior Jeremiah Obeng Agyapong with 9:23 left in the fourth. But the Governors offensive efforts just weren't enough as Lincoln booked its return ticket to The Bronx.
The Railsplitters will meet Brooklyn rival Erasmus Hall, which defeated Tottenville, 20-17, in overtime in the other semifinal.