Lincoln gets job done; meets Vista del Lago in playoffs tonight
Lincoln High School’s football team needed a win over Pioneer Valley League foe Colfax in order to have any chance of making the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Friday night they accomplished both.
The Falcons came to town with the same requirements but a 28-20 Lincoln victory left the Raptors (4-6, 1-4) with little more to do this postseason than think about next year. It’s only the second year in 17 seasons Colfax has not made the playoffs.
Twice, Colfax had leads that were short-lived as Zebras junior quarterback Davis Dykstra proved to be a pain in the Falcons’ neck with both his feet and arm.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot enough to not get it done,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “This one hurts.”
Dykstra’s first big play came midway through the second quarter after the Colfax quarterback scored on a pass that gave the Falcons a 13-7 lead.
On the first play after Colfax’s ensuing kickoff, Dykstra connected with Cameron Tatem on a 57-yard pass play down to Colfax’s 7-yard line. Two plays later Tatem went over from 4 yards out and Alex Diaz booted the extra point for a 14-13 margin.
In the second half, still trailing by a point, the Falcons recovered a fumble at the Zebras 27-yard line. The Falcons again went to the air for the TD and a 20-14 Colfax advantage – but it didn’t last long.
Again on the first play after the Falcons’ kickoff, Dykstra rolled out to his right, found all his receivers covered and then slithered his way through the Colfax defense for a 65-yard touchdown run. Diaz’s extra point made it 21-20 Lincoln with 4:43 left in the third quarter.
The Falcons tried to mount a drive but two sacks by the Zebras forced them to punt. On Colfax’s next possession, the Zebras again sacked the visiting quarterback two more times.
Dykstra then put the game out of reach with a 2-yard keeper for a 28-20 Lincoln lead.
With seven minutes left to play, the Falcons tried to comeback aided by a pair of Lincoln pass interference fouls. However, James Hubbard then intercepted a Colfax double pass and ended the threat.
Dykstra led Lincoln with 136 yards on 11 carries. He also hit on four of nine passes for 69 yards.
Lincoln improved to 5-5 on the season and finished 2-4 in league play. The Zebras will travel to Folsom High School to play No. 2 seed Vista del Lago in the Division III playoffs. The game is scheduled for tonight 7 p.m.
JV _ Colfax 7 Lincoln 6 – Colfax stopped a two-point conversion try by the Zebras with 43 seconds left in the game to preserve a Falcons’ victory.
Lincoln finished the season 6-4, 1-4 in league.
CIF Sac-Joaquin Section
Division III Football Playoffs
No. 15 Lincoln at No. 2 Vista del Lago
Tonight, 7 p.m., Folsom High School Stadium
LINCOLN 28, COLFAX 20
Colfax 6 7 7 0 – 20
Lincoln 7 7 7 7 – 28
Lin – Hubbard 5 run (Diaz kick)
Col – Bryant 9 pass from Wilson (kick failed)
Col – Kane 10 run (Wilson kick)
Lin – Tatem 4 run (Diaz kick)
Col – Kane 27 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick)
Lin - Dykstra 65 run (Diaz kick)
Lin – Dykstra 2 run (Diaz kick)
TEAM LEADERS OFFENSE
Passing – Dykstra 4-9-71. Rushing – Dykstra 11-136-2, Tayeh 15-92, Tatem 6-51-1, Hubbard 10-18-1. Receiving – Tatem 1-54, Hubbard 3-17.
TEAM LEADERS OFFENSE
Tackles – Cobleigh 13, D. Johnson 16, Soto 16, Warfield 12. Sacks – D. Johnson 3, Warfield 2, Cobleigh 1, Proffitt 1, S. Johnson 1. Interceptions – Dykstra 1, Tatem 1, Hubbard 1.