Jr. Zebras take three games from Placer Jr. Hillmen

Jr. Midgets continue shutout streak
By: Staff Report
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A great Saturday of football was enjoyed by Lincoln Jr. Zebras’ fans as Lincoln’s youth football program traveled to Auburn to take on Placer’s five teams. The Jr. Zebras celebrated victories in three of four scored divisions, while the Mighty Mites played a great game as well. Led by the Jr. Midgets, the Lincoln program is off to a great 2011 start as three of four teams are currently in position to make the postseason playoffs. Saturday’s leadoff game saw the littlest Jr. Zebras put it all together in a contest versus Placer’s Mighty Mites. Six different Jr. Zebras found the end zone, and a handful of others converted on extra points. It was a breakout game for the novice team as they spread around the wealth. Zach Chamizo led a balanced attack as each of Lincoln's offenses scored twice. The Jr. Midgets pitched their fourth consecutive shutout by running through the Placer Jr. Hillmen. The final score of 28-0 was indicative of Lincoln's swarming defense. That great defense was equally matched by a powerful offensive performance. Eli Garcia threw touchdown passes to Austin Bennett and Jeffry Jones while Joseph Flores and Jones both had touchdown scampers. The Jr. PeeWees bounced back game after a loss last week. The Jr. Zebras recovered a live ball on the opening kickoff, and two plays later Jacob Lemus scored on a long run around left end. The Lincoln club never looked back as the defense played strong and the offense moved the ball efficiently in a 34-6 victory. The Jr. Zebras scored through the air and on the ground as four other Lincoln players in addition to Lemus found the end zone. The Jr. Zebra PeeWees trailed early, but broke open a close game in the second half to earn a solid victory over a tough Jr. Hillmen squad, 24 - 6. Led by Logan Stern, Michael Hamp, and Ryan Graham, the Zebras’ ground game gobbled up huge chunks of yardage at a time. After falling behind, Placer was forced to go to the air, but the stout Zebras’ defense responded with multiple interceptions. In the nightcap, the Midgets team ran into a buzz saw, as Placer’s big boys were able to rack up 42 points in the 13-14-year-old division. The first-place Hillmen continued their outstanding offensive play, which has been averaging almost 40 points per game this season. The undersized Zebras showed a lot of fight, but fell short by a final score of 42-6. After a month on the road, The Jr. Zebras return home to take on the Del Campo Jr. Cougars this Saturday. The Jr. Midgets will try to remain in first place and continue their outstanding defensive streak. The Jr. PeeWees and PeeWees will try to remain just a single game out of first place. The Jr. Cougars’ Midgets are 3-0, Jr. Midgets 2-1, PeeWees 2-1, and Jr. PeeWees 0-3. Games are played at Lincoln High with the Mighty Mites starting at 9 a.m.; games follow every two hours featuring the Jr. PeeWees, PeeWees, Jr. Midgets, and Midgets.