By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team owned a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Fort Hays State rallied to win, 51-14, on Saturday night (Sept. 17).
Daimon Bell had a part in both of Lincoln’s scores, as he passed for a touchdown on a trick play and later found the end zone on a run. Aderias Ealy caught a touchdown pass, Zamar Brake was an efficient 15-for-19 for 126 yards, and Omar Allen produced 74 all-purpose yards.
Cameron Hawkins made a four-yard tackle for loss to force Fort Hays State (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) to punt on its opening drive. FHSU pinned LU on the one-yard line, but an 11-yard run by Allen gave Lincoln (0-3, 0-3 MIAA) some breathing room. Brake hit Bell for a 28-yard reception to get to the LU 41, and three running plays later the Blue Tigers reached Fort Hays State’s side of the field. Lincoln then used some trickeration to get on the board, as Bell took the ball from Allen on a fake end-around, and found Ealy for a 49-yard touchdown pass that gave the Blue Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
Later in the period, Fort Hays State got the ball on the Lincoln 6, but LU stopped FHSU on three-straight plays, capped off by a six-yard sack by Julian Jackson-Linkhart. That forced FHSU into a field goal, and the first quarter ended with Lincoln holding a four-point advantage.
Over the next two quarters, however, Fort Hays State scored a bevy of points, and Lincoln did not get back on the board until the fourth period. A 22-yard grab by Allen moved the Blue Tigers into Fort Hays State territory, and Brake later completed passes of 16 yards and nine yards to Bell and Samuel Ingoli, respectively. Bell later capped off the drive with a two-yard run.
Lincoln made five tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, with Jaylon Mosley’s 10 tackles leading the way. Jackson-Linkhart forced a fumble and finished with six takedowns, and Otis Jackson broke up a pass to go with seven tackles. Ishaq Robinson had a strip-sack, broke up a pass and was credited with a hurry, and Dontonio Moore provided six tackles while Samuel Amituanai was next with five. Jakhari Larmond hurried the opposing quarterback twice, and Jamahreon Smith made four tackles.
Allen gained 52 yards on the ground and 22 through the air, and Ealy finished with a team-high 55 receiving yards. Bell caught three passes for 51 yards, and Ingoli finished with 37 receiving yards while Chrisshun Robinson was next with 30. Javier Moreno made both of his extra point tries and averaged 60.7 yards on kickoffs.
The Blue Tigers will be on the road next Saturday (Sept. 24), traveling to Tahlequah, Okla. to play Northeastern State in a 2 p.m. showdown.