By Aisha Renee Noel
For The Lincolnian
The Lions football team played strong but dropped its home opener this weekend against the Livingstone College Blue Bears.
The Lions racked up a total of 371 yards of total offense—131 yards rushing and 240 yards passing. The rushing total was the first time Lincoln topped 100-yards since a 2011 game against Bowie State.
Sophomore Asher Watlington and quarterback Doug Hook combined to help the Lions top their past records.
Lincoln’s place kicker Kyle Jaski, a junior from Escondido, Calif., netted 116 yards on three punts, including an impressive 50-yard boot.
Linebacker Andrew Bone and defense back Elijah Douglas each had one sack on the Livingstone quarterback, while sophomore safety Brion Robinson dominated the Lion’s defense with 14 tackles, including 13 solo tackles.
With 2:28 left on the clock in the second quarter, the Lions completed their first five downs beginning at their 25-yard line.
Despite the first-half highlights, Livingstone led at the half, 21-7.
The third quarter saw no change in the score. But Livingstone added another 14 points in the fourth quarter to put away the Lions for good.
The Lions next play Oct. 5 against Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.