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Lincoln escapes hole, then buries Foothill

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Ken Lowe praised his Lincoln High School football team for keeping its cool Friday night when he was on the verge of losing his. A 14-point deficit can do that to a coach. Once the Zebras climbed out of the hole dug by their defense, they buried Foothill High with six unanswered touchdowns. The 41-21 victory was more than enough to calm Lowe’s nerves. Foothill jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the Pioneer Valley League opener by scoring on its first two possessions. Lincoln cut the margin in half on a 22-yard touchdown run by Isaac Allen. The Zebras (5-1) then turned the tide when their defense finally managed to force the Mustangs (3-3) to punt. Allen’s 36-yard scoring dash on the first play of the second quarter tied the score. “That was the biggest stop they had all night” Lowe said of his defense. “That gave us momentum.” Fumbles by running backs Bobby Humiston and Oscar Fernandez on Lincoln’s next two possessions stalled that momentum, however. The Zebras got it going again after catching a break. Foothill was forced to punt at its 31-yard line, but a bad snap gave the ball to Lincoln at the 19. Allen scored on the next play to put the Zebras ahead to stay with 4:40 left in the first half. After Lincoln’s defense forced another punt and Foothill actually kicked the ball, the Zebras scored again when wide receiver Aldo Aguilar turned a pass from Christian Perkins into an 84-yard touchdown. Lowe figured the play would work after Allen started the drive with an 11-yard run. With Foothill’s defense struggling to stop the run, Lowe decided the time had come for Perkins to go upstairs. “I think we lulled them to sleep,” Lowe said. “And we put the big one on them.” Perkins threw two touchdown passes to Humiston in the second half to record the first trifecta of his career. Allen rushed for 183 yards on 19 carries, and Fernandez had 13 carries for 142. Four fumbles derailed Lincoln’s junior varsity team in 28-12. James Hubbard and Jordan Tayeh had touchdown runs for the Zebras (2-4).