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Zebras make Pirates walk the plank

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Thomas Little was honored Friday night as Lincoln High School’s football homecoming king, but the injured senior linebacker would gladly split the crown to share with three of his teammates. Isaac Allen, Oscar Fernandez and Mike Thompson combined to lead the Zebras to a 42-28 victory over Wheatland. Little managed a smile on the sidelines despite his mouth being wired shut. Little is recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident Aug. 24. The Zebras have dedicated the season to him and have decals on their helmets with his jersey numeral. That would be 42. On the night Little became royalty, that is exactly how many points the Zebras scored. Fernandez had three touchdown runs, and Allen had two. Even Thompson found his way to the end zone. Lincoln took a 22-20 lead with 28 seconds left in the first half when Fernandez scored on a 3-yard run. Wheatland’s ensuing possession lasted just two plays because Thompson got in the way. Wheatland quarterback John Millington was looking for Derick Seward on a screen pass, but the ball found Thompson. Thirty-one yards later, the Zebras had extended their lead to 28-20. “If anyone was going to catch that ball, I’m glad it was him because we know he’s got some speed,” Zebras head coach Ken Lowe of Thompson, who attended Wheatland as a freshman. Lincoln’s defense rose to the occasion in the second half by stopping Wheatland until the Zebras offense could get going again. Fernandez got going on a 26-yard touchdown run with 5:38 to play. Wheatland was forced to pass with a 15-point deficit, but Thompson halted the Pirates’ ensuing possession by sacking Millington for a 10-yard loss on third down and forcing a punt. Two plays later, Allen dashed 37 yards for a touchdown on his 24th and final carry of the night. He deserved a break with 2:04 left after running for 218 yards. Fernandez added 123 on 13 carries. Lincoln’s junior varsity team made it a sweep with a 34-21 victory. Michael Robinson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and later added a scoring run. Quarterback James Hubbard tossed touchdown passes to Corion Davis and Cameron Tatem.