Lincoln’s Turner helps South All-Stars to Optimist victory

Lincoln Roundup
By: Nick Pecoraro and Aaron Jackson
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A pair of Lincoln Fighting Zebras contributed to a win in a thrilling edition of the Optimist All-Star Football Game at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento State Saturday.


After a fantastic finish to the 61st annual Optimist game, the South team came away victorious, 24-21.


Lincoln High senior quarterback Tommy Turner got the scoring going for the South team with a 21-yard scoring strike to Capital Christian’s Trey Jones for a 7-0 South lead with 2:38 to go in the first quarter.


“It was nice to know that around the area I’m respected as a solid player and they all think I can come out here and prove myself. And I think I did today,” said Turner.


The 6-foot-5 QB hooked up with Zebra teammate Harry Rounds, with whom Turner connected for over 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns during their Lincoln varsity careers together, for one last time in a prep football game.


“It was sweet,” said Turner. “You think after your last high school game that that’s the last time ever throwing to those guys again. I got another chance. I’m real lucky.”


The North drove into South territory on the final drive of the game and into field goal range. But the 37-yard attempt by Del Oro’s Ryan Whalley that would have tied the game was blocked by Burbank’s Levelle Bailey, who bolted off the left edge and sealed the 24-21 victory for the South.

A full game recap can be seen here.


Graham commits to Arkansas State


Former Lincoln High running back Ryan Graham has committed to continuing his athletic career at Arkansas State University.


Graham made the announcement via Twitter last Friday night. He will be joining a Red Wolves squad who went 8-5 in 2018 and were co-champions of the Sun Belt West Division.


In Graham’s two years on varsity as a Zebra, he ran for 2,890 yards on 399 carries for 41 touchdowns. In his senior year, Graham averaged 163 yards per game on the ground. These numbers were good enough to put Graham 56th in the state for rush yards and 31st for rushing touchdowns his senior year.


After high school, Graham played at Sierra College and totaled 1,756 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in his two years with the Wolverines. In 2018, he helped lead Sierra to a NorCal Grizzly Bowl victory against Sacramento City College.


“I’m most looking forward to getting a chance to play the game I love at the highest level along with getting a degree and getting to meet new people and experience a new place,” said Graham.