By Dan Carr/Asst. A.D. for Media Relations
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Zamar Brake was responsible for four touchdowns, but the Lincoln football team fell to Missouri Southern, 52-32, in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9).
Brake completed 19 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and he also scored on a five-yard run. Hosea Franklin rushed for 138 yards, posting his third-straight 100-yard performance in the process, and he scored Lincoln’s other touchdown on a six-yard run. Tori Hicks gained 47 yards on 10 carries, as the Blue Tigers averaged 4.2 yards per rush against the Lions.
Missouri Southern (2-4, 2-4 MIAA) scored on each of its first drives of the contest, but the Blue Tigers got on the board with 8:57 to play until halftime. Brake completed passes of 15 and 16 yards to Dre’Shon Alston and Samuel Ingoli, respectively, and a seven-yard run by Franklin moved the ball down to the Missouri Southern 16. Three plays later, Brake connected with Chrisshun Robinson on a 12-yard touchdown pass, cutting the MSSU lead to 24-6.
Piere’ Jones cut MSSU’s next drive short by intercepting a pass in the end zone, marking the first pick made by an opposing defense in 2021. On the ensuing possession, however, Missouri Southern got an interception of its own, and ran the ball back for a touchdown. On the next possession, a 43-yard sprint by Franklin would get the LU offense going again, and Brake’s scamper into the end zone pulled LU to within 31-12.
The Lions added another touchdown before halftime, but Lincoln (0-5, 0-5 MIAA) opened the scoring the scoring in the second half as Franklin’s scoring run led to another Blue Tiger touchdown. LU moved the ball methodically down the field on the 76-yard scoring drive, starting with an eight-yard run by Brake. Aderias Ealy made a 12-yard catch for a key first down, and an 11-yard reception by Ausmer moved the ball inside the red zone. Franklin finished off the drive with a six-yard carry, LU went for two, and Ingoli caught the pass from Brake to make it a 38-20 contest.
Missouri Southern used two more touchdown drives to cut the LU rally short, but the Blue Tigers battled until the end of the contest. Charles Johnson scored on a 65-yard catch-and-run early in the fourth quarter, and the LU defense forced two-straight punts before the Blue Tigers scored their fifth touchdown of the game. Johnson caught a 36-yard pass from Brake, Hicks ran for five yards and Franklin gained six on back-to-back plays, and Ingoli scored on a 19-yard pass to make it a 52-32 final.
Johnson finished with 101 receiving yards, Robinson caught a team-high four passes for 34 yards, and Ingoli had 35 yards on two catches. Alston and Ausmer each had three receptions, and Kalon Grover made his first catch of the season, a nine-yard grab in the third period.
TeAndre Skinner and Elliott Albert both had big days defensively. Skinner led LU with 15 tackles, recorded two tackles for loss and notched a sack, while Albert had assisted on a tackle for loss and made 14 total takedowns. Zyan Thomas-King, Charles Robertson and Jones each broke up passes, with Thomas-King ending the afternoon with eight tackles. Cody Bagby made 1.5 tackles for loss, Robertson had a tackle for loss, and Jaylon Mosley and Jahkari Larmond each assisted on a tackle for loss. Mosley recorded nine tackles while Samuel Amituanai finished with six.
Clayton Winkler averaged 40.3 yards on seven punts, with one traveling 56 yards and two pinning MSSU inside its own 20. Winkler also averaged 52.8 yards on kickoffs, while Hicks gained 82 yards on kick returns.
Lincoln will be on the road for its next two games, starting next Saturday (Oct. 16) with a visit to Pittsburg, Kan. to play Pittsburg State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CDT.