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PREP FOOTBALL

Lincoln hosts Whitney for Stars and Stripes game

Teams renew former PVL rivalry
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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WHITNEY vs. LINCOLN

Friday Night Football

Team Stats for two games

PASSING

W – 23-52, 415 yards, 3 TDs, No INTs.

L – 28-for-57, 307 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs.

RUSHING

W – 69 carries, 336 yards, 2 TDs.

L – 70 carries, 47 yards, 5 TDs.

SPECIAL TEAMS

W – 3-4 PAT kicks (1 2pt), 1-2 FGs, 7 punts, 275 yards.

L – 7-8 PAT kicks, No. FGs, 7 punts, 203 yards.

DEFENSE

W – 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, No INTs,

L – 17 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 INTs.

TOTALS

W – 38 points for, 91 against.

L – 55 points for, 83 against.

Lincoln High will host Whitney Friday and renew a brief rivalry between the two as members of the Pioneer Valley League; they met four times and each won two games.

Friday’s Stars and Stripes game will also honor first responders (law enforcement, fire protection and military) with free admission and a tribute to their service; a flyby and more are scheduled.

Co-tabbed the Safari Showdown, the ceremony will also recognize those who have become huge supporters of Fighting Zebras football.

This meeting could also create an atmosphere similar to the Whitney vs. Rocklin Quarry Bowl. The Quarry Bowl has been a sellout success since its inception.

Although Whitney and Lincoln come in with a combined 1-3 record, both clubs have played highly ranked teams in preparation for a new level of competition. The Zebras enter the new Foothill Valley League and Whitney the Sierra Foothill League.

Both Lincoln coach Chris Bean and Whitney’s Zac McNally have used the term “iron sharpens iron” and both teams should come out sharper after this game.

Both clubs feature two highly recruited senior quarterbacks. Robert Jones will lead the Wildcats onto the field and Tommy Turner the Zebras.

Both signal callers have had slow starts and will be anxious to show recruiters and fans they can play Division I football.

Both clubs also hope to feature a solid ground game and they have the running backs to do it.

The ‘Cats’ workhorse is Nick Miller. Last week, No. 9 repeatedly hammered the Central defense, picking up 95 yards in the process. Miller also tacked on 85 yards on two pass receptions and showed he had the speed to break it long.

Jones is Whitney’s No. 2 ground gainer and is not afraid to pull the ball down and run.

On the home side of the football, Bean has four Zebras in his stable, Seth Sampson, Devin Coffer, Harry Rounds and Jacob Lemus. Although Rounds and Lemus are primarily wide receivers, they have combined for 113 yards on 15 carries.

Sampson and Coffer have averaged more than 5 yards a tote and have been handed the ball 51 times between them.

Note: Rounds has 126 yards receiving and Lemus three touchdown receptions.

Jones has the luxury of six solid receivers, with Jaidon Love-Williams and Chris Hernandez leading with five catches each. Miller and Dom Spence are not far behind with four apiece.

As for the defenses, Whitney appears stronger against the run and Lincoln better at defending the pass.

Game time is set for 7 p.m., with the junior varsity at 5:30.

This game should be a Stars and Stripes to remember.