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Monday, June 27, 2022

Lincoln Takes Control Of Metro’s Valley Division With 35-6 Victory Over Franklin

By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium

The Franklin Quakers have already made history this season, they’ve won three of their four games played. After an eight year win drought, they looked to add to their successful season by beating the Lincoln Lynx Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Lincoln High School, which closed in 1981 and reopened in 2019, came into the game undefeated with a 5-0 record and looked to put a halt to Franklin’s historical season thus far.

Both teams have superseded expectations and shocked the Metro League with their ability to win multiple games as this season is headed towards the finish line.

Franklin receiver Keivon Bias and running back James “Duke” Scott, Jr. helped the Quakers score the games’ first touchdown. Bias would catch a deep pass in the Lincoln redzone to set up a rushing touchdown by Scott that gave the Quakers a 6-0 lead middle of the first quarter.

With a one score lead courtesy of their star running back, Franklin looked to have momentum with their defense forcing penalties and a turnover on downs. Despite losing the battle at the line of scrimmage, Lincoln flipped the switch in the second quarter and took control of the game.

The Lynx forced back-to-back punts, which led to two touchdowns in a four-minute span. Their quarterback Billy Versaw completed five passes and Lincoln led 14-6 at halftime.

Although they received the second half kick, penalties hurt Franklin’s offense which was forced to punt just three minutes into the second half.

17 seconds after the punt, Versaw threw his third touchdown pass of the night, as Franklin’s defense had no answer for Lincoln’s fast-paced offensive attack. Defensively, the Lynx gave running back James Scott very little breathing room as he was met at the line or gained short yardage play after play.

With everything going in their direction, Lincoln would take a break from passing and let running back James Neuburger rush right past Franklin’s defense. Letting Neuburger navigate, resulted in the games’ second and final rushing touchdown.

Even with a 22-point lead, the Lynx’s defense stayed disciplined and aggressive. Forcing more penalties, incomplete passes, and a sack that lead to another Quaker punt.

With a little under three minutes left in the third quarter, Lynx quarterback Versaw threw his fourth touchdown pass for 80-yards for the games’ final score.

Despite being down throughout the game, Franklin remained determined to establish offense and improve on the important details such as blocking.

“Offensively we can improve on our blocking,” added Bias. “I feel once everyone from lineman to wide receivers get better at blocking we would be unbeatable.”

In their last two wins the Quakers gave up a total of nine points combined, therefore giving up 35 points to the Lynx has them ready to regroup heading into next week.

“When we play as a unit nobody can score on us,” said Bias. “As long as we keep our heads and worry about the next play regardless of a mistake.”                With the win, Lincoln remains undefeated at 6-0 and Franklin drops to 3-2. Quakers’ will play Cleveland next week for senior night and Lincoln faces Nathan Hale.

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