Lincoln drops opener to Oak Ridge 56-20

Zebras travel to Antelope Friday
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High football team took on Oak Ridge for their season opener at home and fell 56-20 Friday.

The Trojans were 11-2 last season and ranked 26th in the state for prep football. This season, the Sierra Foothill League Division I club was ranked sixth in the the San-Joaquin Section coming into last week’s game.

Fighting Zebras head coach Chris Bean said his team would have to play almost perfect to beat Oak Ridge, an organization with a tradition of excellence.

Perfection was not in the cards for the Zebras, as the Trojans intercepted a pass on Lincoln’s opening possession and ran it back for a touchdown. After holding the Zebras to three and out following the kickoff, Oak Ridge scored again on a 28-yard pass.

Lincoln quarterback Tommy Turner did find Jacob Lemus in the end zone for six points in the first half, but the home boys trailed 42-7.

The Zebras did score two more touchdowns in the second half, with Seth Samson and Harry Rounds each scoring a rushing TD. Oak Ridge gained 435 total yards and Lincoln 320; the Trojans also had four sacks in the contest.

Coach Bean said his team knew going in they were going to play a big, fast, physical squad that played at a high level. He said it took his team a full half of football to understand what it was they had to do better.

“How many teams would be down the way we were at half and pack it in?” Bean said. “Our guys weren’t going to let that happen and it goes to show the culture, tradition and respecting the legacy that came before us.

“I’m very proud of our guys.”


Lincoln will take their lessons learned into Titans’ stadium Friday for their next contest.

Antelope is coming off a 24-22 cliffhanger win over Rocklin and will be looking to improve to 2-0. Their line is young and inexperienced, but their skill players are dynamic.

The Zebras will have to watch out for big plays, something the Thunder failed to do last week.

Lincoln fell 35-24 to a good Titans’ club last year and a victory at Antelope would go a long way in preparing the Zebras for the Foothill Valley League campaign.