The Lincoln Lions football team pulled off a tremendous victory against Chowan University by the score of 31-15.
The excitement began from the first play as returner, #12 Lance Rutledge ran back the opening kickoff 73 yards to give the Lions a short field. The Lions completed the 25-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown by running back, #21 Gerald Swain.
Chowan answered right back by completing a 10 play, 55-yard drive, as Robert Holland caught a 2-yard strike from Jordan Roby to give Chowan a 7-6 lead with 4:56 left in the first quarter.
The Lions marched right back down the field with an 11 play, 91-yard drive capped off by a 10 yard throw to wide receiver, #2 Matthew Coston from true freshman, #7 Doug Cook. The drive was helped by a big 33-yard reception to tight end, #13 Le’Andre Davis.
Cook continued his amazing season as he went 17 for 31 for 198 yards and a touchdown. He also ran nine times for 59 yards. Coston also helped the offense with five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Leading CIAA receiver, #5 Phillip Jean-Juste had three catches for 18 yards, but was sidelined with a fractured right wrist injury for most of the game.
“We are starting to hit on all cylinders,” Cook said. “We’re cutting down on our mistakes, and coach had a good game plan. I am happy that I could help get Lincoln its first Homecoming win since football came back. I feel like I am a part of something that’s going to be very special in the very near future.”
The Lions defense was a dominating force all day as they were led by HSRN player of the week nominee, strong safety #20, Daron Jones. Jones had an outstanding game on his last career homecoming. Jones registered 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a huge 51-yard interception return for a touchdown during the Lions game-changing third quarter.
“It feels good to have confidence knowing we can hang with anyone,” Jones said. “It’s good to know that my play pretty much was the dagger to put the game away. We talk to the offense all the time, and as long as they do their part, we will follow. It feels good to have the alums come out to see a victory.”
Also helping the Lions on defense was senior linebacker, #8 Brandon McElwee and safety, #11 Gerald Foster with nine tackles apiece. This was the best defensive game of the season thus far, as they held Chowan to just 155 yards.
The Lions now are 2-2 in the Northern division of the CIAA, sitting in second place behind Elizabeth City State University.