Lincoln lands six on FVL first team

Zebras tops at wide receiver
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Almost as predicted, the Lincoln High football team had a chance to play for the Foothill Valley League championship this season. Although tabbed No. 2, the Fighting Zebras missed the runner-up spot in spite of giving league champion Placer all the Hillmen could handle in the season finale.

An earlier loss to Rio Linda cost the boys in blue the second position, but Lincoln did finish third with a 3-2 record.

Although Placer filled four of the FVL’s All-League top five honors and Rio Linda running back Cameron Skattebo was named league MVP, the Zebras did place six names on first team.

Seniors Harry Rounds and Jacob Lemus claimed the two wide-receiver positions.

Rounds led all FVL receivers with 1,315 yards on 78 catches and scored 18 touchdowns. His longest was an 80-yard lightning strike against none other than Placer. Rounds was also among the top prep receivers in the state.

Lemus was the league’s second leading receiver, hauling in 50 receptions for 691 yards and he broke the plane four times. Lemus and Rounds played in all 11 of Lincoln’s games this season.

Rounds and Lemus also carried the ball from scrimmage, adding nearly 700 additional yards to Lincoln’s rushing game. The two also combined for 10 touchdowns running the ball.

Tommy Turner was listed among the first-team quarterbacks and finished as the league’s No. 1 passer with 2,347 yards and 22 TDs. The senior had more than a 1,000 yards more passing then No. 2 Michael Stuck of Placer.

The Zebras also put three players on the defense, linebackers Colby Green, Grady Manley and defensive lineman Eduardo “Eddy” Mendoza. All three players are juniors.

At middle linebacker, Manley dropped 142 ball carriers to lead the FVL. Seventy-five of his tackles were solo and seven resulted in a loss of yards.

Green came in at No. 4 for the league and recorded 104 tackles, 65 solo and six for losses. The junior also had two sacks on the season.

Mendoza had 33 tackles, 15 solo, but 11 of his hits resulted in yardage lost. Mendoza also played in only seven games.