The Lincoln Trojans found themselves on the loosing side at the end of last years overtime contest against Rickards, and while the Raiders had their opportunities to pull another upset, Lincoln shut down any chance and pulled away with a 28-7 victory and improved to 4-1 while Rickards fell to 3-2 on the year. The Trojans quickly jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but Rickards answered with a score of their own. The Raiders defense seemed to play well enough against Lincoln, creating opportunities for their offense to score, but the Trojans offense was simply too much as Lincoln pulled away from Rickards in the 2nd half. “I think we played good in spurts,” said Lincoln head coach Yusuf Shakir. “We need to eliminate the turnovers and play more consistent.”
The combination of running backs Rickey Henrilous and Greg Fishburn combined for 157 yards rushing for Lincoln, while Deion Hogan was engine behind the Raider offense. Hogan finished with 127 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving. The Rickards defensive unit gave the Raiders their best opportunity when they snagged an interception deep in Lincoln territory that gave them the ball on the 28 yard line. But the Raiders couldn’t convert and Lincoln took over on downs. “Bad mistakes, penalties on offense… If we clean those up we won’t get beat,” said Rickards head coach Quintin Lewis. “We’ll be OK. we’re still super talented.”
Next week Lincoln will face Chiles, while Rickards will host Choctaw.