Lincoln University athletic teams in action this past weekend split their home games. The football team picked up its first win of the season, but the women’s soccer team had their win percentage fall back to .500.
The football team’s 55-53 win against CIAA conference opponent Johnson C. Smith Saturday afternoon was aided by clutch defensive play.
With four minutes to go, senior defensive end Tim Green,Fanwood, NJ, returned an interception for a touchdown, securing the win for the Lions.
“Coach called a timeout to tell us to be patient because Johnson C. Smith might run a screen play with their running back,” said Green,”Fortunately for us we were right, and I was able to take advantage of it.”
Green had a stellar performance with 11 solo tackles and two tackles for loss.
While going into the second quarter trailing 28-14, Douglas Cook took over as quarterback for the Lions, throwing two of his four touchdowns in the quarter.
Cook, a sophomore from Dania Beach, Fl. said, “I knew in order for us to win, I knew I had to make plays with my feet and extend the play as the defense slowly broke down a few times on our scoring drives.”
Cook ended the game with 343-yards passing and four touchdowns.
Lincoln’s defensive back Steven Morris also changed the momentum of the game with his 81-yard interception return to give Lincoln the lead going into the half for the first time this season.
Kester Lewis had career highs with 147-yards receiving and three touchdown grabs.
“I was just trying to help my team win the best way I could,” said Lewis. “The defense kept leaving me with single coverage, so I took advantage of the coverage being played.”
Not only was this a big victory for the team it was the first home win for football in the new stadium that opened one month ago.
The 1 and 4 Lions next game is on the road at Virginia Union University on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Richmond, Va.
The Lady Lions soccer team (4-4) was not as successful as they suffered a 6-0 loss to the Shepherd University Rams on Sunday.
The Lady Lions soccer team will play against Goldey-Beacom College Wednesday at 5 p.m. when O’Brien will have her next chance to break the LU single season scoring record.