By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations
EFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Chrisshun Robinson and Winston Ausmer each had touchdown receptions, but the Lincoln football team dropped its 2021 season opener by a final score of 76-12 on Thursday night (Sept. 2).
The Ichabods scored the first 14 points of the evening, but LU answered in a big way on its third possession of the contest. After completing a five-yard throw to Aderias Ealy, quarterback Zamar Brake scrambled away from coverage long enough for Robinson to break free down the middle. Brake’s pass was perfect, Robinson made the grab and ran into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown reception that pulled the Blue Tigers to within 14-6.
Washburn (1-0, 1-0 MIAA) added another score before the end of the first quarter, but Lincoln (0-1, 0-1 MIAA) got back on the board on its first possession of the second quarter. Another big pass by Brake, this one a 51-yard catch-and-run play by Charles Johnson, moved the Blue Tigers to the Washburn 35. After three-straight rushing plays, Lincoln faced a 4th-and-3, and opted to go for it. Brake found Ausmer open near the end zone, and LU cut the deficit down to 21-12.
The Ichabods controlled the game afterwards, keeping the Blue Tigers off the scoreboard in the second half en route to the season-opening victory. Brake finished the night with nine completions for 175 yards and the two scores. Hosea Franklin rushed for 27 yards, and Robinson caught five passes for 92 yards. Clayton Winkler averaged 30.0 yards punting with a long of 50 yards.
Defensively, Chris Parker made LU’s first interception of the season, and Zyan Thomas-King broke up two passes to go with five tackles. Jaylon Mosley led Lincoln with nine tackles, Elliott Albert made five and Samuel Amituanai recorded a tackle for loss while making five takedowns. Aeneas Tibbs and Malaefono Ale each made one tackle for loss apiece, and Piere’ Jones broke up a pass.
Lincoln will travel to Maryville, Mo. next Thursday (Sept. 9) to play Northwest Missouri at 6:00 p.m. CDT.