By Amani Grant-Pate
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Blue Tigers put together an impressive homecoming game performance Saturday in a homecoming 29-9 victory over Northeastern State University. Despite heavy rain for most of the afternoon, Lincoln dominated the contest, marking the Blue Tigers first win of the season.
Cody Alexander was key in Lincoln’s victory over the RiverHawks. Alexander timed a play when he returned an interception for an 87-yard touchdown. He also scored LU’s first points of the game. The defensive back contributed with three tackles. The score after the pick-six helped Lincoln jump out to a 6-0 lead. At halftime the Blue Tigers were down 7-6. “The win was most needed for the team’s morale, it boosted our confidence, and shows how good we can be as a team,” said Alexander.
In the third quarter, LU made good adjustments as a unit. Hosea Franklin made a big impact. The tailback showcased his versatility by leading LU with 205 yards rushing and scoring on a touchdown run and catch. LU regained the lead 13-7 in the game when Chancellor Johnson threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Franklin. The sophomore running back later extended the lead 20-7 in the period with a two-yard touchdown run. “Without the offensive line and the quarterback making the right calls I wouldn’t be able to make plays,”said Franklin. Franklin is currently number one in the MIAA in rushing with 1,001 yards so far this season.
The Lincoln defense was relentless and determined against Northeastern State. Chavon Gross chipped in with the most tackles for the Blue Tigers with nine total. JaJuan Chambers applied pressure and had two sacks and seven tackles.
Chancellor Johnson made good decisions in the game. Johnson took care of the football and was successful using his legs to move the chains. In the fourth quarter, Johnson scored the final touchdown for LU on a one-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach. The junior quarterback finished the game with one touchdown pass and 77 yards rushing.
The next game for Lincoln will be on the road against Northwest Missouri at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Bearcat Stadium in Warrensburg.