Playoff opener is rematch for Zebras

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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A loss to Yuba City High School on Sept. 10 snapped a two-game winning streak for Lincoln’s football team. A similar outcome Friday night would inflict more damage by ending the Zebras’ season. Head coach Ken Lowe’s team will have a score to settle when it travels to Yuba City in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The Zebras lost 41-35 to the Honkers eight weeks ago. And that was when Lincoln had home-field advantage. A 2-3 finish in the Pioneer Valley League left the Zebras with a 6-4 overall record and the No. 10 seed in the playoffs. Seeds 9-16 have to travel Friday. In 2009, the Zebras had the advantage of being home in the first round of the Division IV playoffs after going 10-0 in the regular season and earning a No. 1 seed. Lincoln routed Livingston 49-15 before being upset 36-20 by No. 4 Sonora. Lincoln is 4-1 on the road this season after last Friday’s 48-14 victory at Center in the PVL finale for both teams. The Zebras ended their three-game losing streak by routing a team with just one win in 10 games. If nothing else, the game was an opportunity for Lowe to shift his offense into high gear with a balanced attack. The Zebras rushed for 406 yards against the Cougars with three running backs gaining 70 or more yards apiece. Senior Bobby Humiston rushed for a season-high 117 yards, junior Isaac Allen had 101 and senior Oscar Fernandez added 71. Even quarterback Christian Perkins got into the act with three carries for 65 yards. There was not much need for the senior to throw the ball. He completed one of three passes, a 32-yarder to senior Mike Holt. Fernandez rushed for 153 yards in the Sept. 10 loss to Yuba City. Allen had three touchdown runs.