Lincoln charges back for 29-14 win over Ponderosa

Antelope visits Z town Friday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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2017 Football Preseason Standings

1. Bear River (0-0, 1-0) win over Orland 49-7

Sept. 1 Bruins at Union Mine

2. Colfax (0-0, 1-0) win over Golden Sierra 55-7

Sept. 1 – Winters at Falcons

3. Foothill (0-0, 1-0) win over Mira Loma 42-0

Sept. 1 – Oakmont at Mustangs

4. Lincoln (0-0, 1-0) win over Ponderosa 29-16

Sept. 1 – Antelope at Fighting Zebras

5. Placer (0-0, 1-0) win over Pleasant Grove 49-30

Sept. 1 – Hillmen at Nevada Union

6. Center (0-0, 0-1) loss to Rio Linda 50-37

Sept. 1 –Cougars at Rio Americano (Del Campo HS)



Trailing 14-0 going into the second quarter, the Lincoln High football team reversed fortunes on the Ponderosa Bruins at Shingle Springs with a 29-14 victory to open the Fighting Zebras 2017 campaign Friday.

Lincoln came back to pull within two points of Pondo following a touchdown pass and 3-yard run. The second half was all Zebras.

Lincoln’s Brett Woolley split the uprights with a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Zebras their first lead. From that point on it was four fingers up because the fourth quarter belonged to the Zebras.

Leading the charge through the air was quarterback Tommy Turner, who converted 20 pass completions into 230 yards and two TDs. He suffered only one interception on the night.

Wide receiver James Sweet was on the scoring end of both touchdown passes. The senior had nine catches in all for 158 yards; one was a 59-yard strike. Five other receivers gathered in aerials as well.

On the ground, Pete Murillo just missed a 100-yard game, gaining 90 on 21 carries. Also carrying the hog-hide was Sweet, Deven Coffer, Seth Sampson and Harry Rounds.

The Zebras churned out 184 total yards behind the front line of Timothy Tran, Cole Guadarrama, Kenneth Lucas, Colton Fraga and Daniel Munch. After giving Turner pass protection, Lincoln rolled up 410 yards of total offense.

On defense, Nate Labrado, Joseph Funaki and Eddie Mendoza were in the trench, allowing Antonio Nevarez and Dylan Quinn to sack Ponderosa’s quarterback for losses totaling 20 yards. Nevarez and Andrew Chinich picked off a pass each, and Jack Boatman fell on a Bruins’ fumble.

THIS WEEK: Perennial power Antelope comes to Zebra town, also 1-0 after beating Nevada Union 41-15.

The Titans had 244 yards passing, while holding the Miners to 69. Antelope rushed for 223 yards and gave up 209 to NU. The Titans had three TDs passing and three rushing.

Top gun was junior quarterback Nathan Lucero (13-of-17, no INTs); leading ground-gainer was Paul Moses (116 yards, 14 totes). Seven receivers caught at least one of Lucero’s airmails.

Game time: 7:30 p.m., JV at 5:30.