Zebras zip by the Mustangs 35-14

Placer here Friday
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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SACRAMENTO _ Though not playing as sharply as their coach would have liked, Lincoln High’s football team had little trouble defeating the 1-6 Foothill Mustangs 35-14 Friday. Using the pass to move the ball in the early going, the Fighting Zebras got scores from James Hubbard and Jordan Tayeh. “We were a little disappointed in our first half,” said Lincoln head coach Ken Lowe of his club’s play. “We had some ball control issues. We’ve moved the ball all year but the fumbles can really kill us.” Fortunately, turnovers didn’t cause too much damage against Foothill. Lincoln’s running game came alive in the second half to pull away from their hosts for a Pioneer Valley League victory. The Zebras (4-3, 1-1 in league) could get their ultimate test this week when Placer comes calling. Although the Hillmen are undefeated this season, Bear River came within seven points of upsetting them last week. “I thought that was a great effort by Bear River for sure,” Lowe said.” And hopefully, that means we can kind of battle with (Placer) too.” Lowe said the Zebras are all healthy, whereas by this time last year he was down seven players. He hopes to have his running game at its peak this week and is pleased with the progress quarterback Davis Dykstra has made. “Dykstra has been getting better and better at quarterback,” Lowe said. “He’s done a great job this year and exceeded all my expectations.” The Hillmen have a solid front line and have been averaging about 450 total yards a game. They can pass, but rely heavily on running out of a Wing-T formation. JV – Isaiah Garcia and Daniel Leverton combined for two touchdowns apiece with Elijah Garcia throwing one in a 26-14 win Friday. The Zebras improved to 6-1 on the season. Additional reporting by Jim Linsdau/News Messenger Sports Editor