After recent tough games, Mustangs cut loose
After three tense, low-scoring games against Academic Athletic Association foes Mission, Lowell and Washington, the Lincoln football team was looking for the return of its signature potent offense — and star running back David Henderson.
Friday against Burton, both were back in full effect.
Henderson ran for 188 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than a half of play and the host Mustangs’ powerful running attack was dominant in a 41-12 victory over the Pumas.
After a sloppy opening to the first quarter, in which the Mustangs fumbled away two possessions, Lincoln (6-2 overall, 3-1 AAA) finally got a big play from Henderson and its offense when the junior tailback ran straight through the heart of the Burton defense for a 38-yard touchdown scamper.
Henderson continued his offensive onslaught in the second quarter, rolling up touchdown runs of 16 and 8 yards, before notching one last score on a 6-yard touchdown dash in the third quarter, essentially ending his night with the Mustangs up 28-6.
“We told the coaches we were going to come up with the perfect game today,” Henderson said. “We really wanted to get back and come out and show what we could do on offense.”
After Henderson’s departure, the Lincoln defense took over. Junior defensive back Mike Paolucci nabbed three of the Mustangs’ five interceptions of Burton quarterback Lonell Britton, returning one 91 yards for a touchdown that put Lincoln up 41-6.
Overall, the Mustangs piled up 333 yards offensively, including 292 on the ground. The 41 points Lincoln put up were just two less than the Mustangs compiled in their three previous contests.
“We got our offensive game back on track,” Mustangs coach Phil Ferrigno. “We’ve got a real effective running game when it’s working and having David have a good game certainly helped out things for us. It was a good win for us, we were able to keep pace in the league and that’s what we needed to do.”
GALILEO 38, MARSHALL 0
The Lions (1-7, 1-4) needed just four offensive plays to score its first three touchdowns and never looked back, knocking off the Phoenix (0-5, 0-5) in a AAA game at School of the Arts.
Antouine Carter ran for a 39-yard score on Galileo’s second play from scrimmage and Deante Bernstine and Deshawn Jose added touchdown runs on the Lions’ next two possessions to go up 24-0 in the first quarter.
Galileo also recovered two Marshall fumbles and intercepted three passes in earning its first win of the season.
“It felt great to play together as a team and finally get one,” Galileo coach Kevin Adams said. “I think if we keep playing hard we can surprise some people the rest of the way.”
Lions quarterback Javohn Cherry hit Tyler Nelson for a 7-yard touchdown 1 minute, 31 seconds before halftime to give Galileo a 32-0 lead and Bernstine finished the scoring with a 9-yard third-quarter TD run.
Deandre Shandy led Marshall with 39 yards on nine carries and the Phoenix showed some signs of improvement in their rebuilding process. Perhaps the team’s highlight of the season came during a second-quarter goal-line stand that forced Galileo to turn the ball over on downs.
— Matt Elliser