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Abraham Lincoln’s offensive barrage against a vaunted Erasmus Hall defense may have surprised some people, but Railsplitters senior quarterback Javon Moore wasn’t among them.
“Everybody else didn’t expect this,” he said, “but we knew we had the offense to ground and to pound them and to get the ball in the air.”
Lincoln did all of that and more against a Dutchman defense that had only allowed seven points all season coming in. Moore threw for four touchdowns and 181 yards to lead the Railsplitters to a convincing 38–23 home win in a battle of unbeaten city powers in front of a packed house in Coney Island in Public School Athletic League football Friday night.
“We knew that passing the ball was going to win this game, and we did it,” Moore said.
Moore, who had great protection all game, completed 9 of 13 passes and had scoring throws of 13, 14, 79 and 43 yards to three different receivers. Star wide out Malik Andrews had two scores and caught four passes for 112 yards. Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Stewart each added touchdown grabs and Leroy Hancle ran for a 35-yard score. The offense came from numerous players.
“This is amazing,” Andrews said. “Jevon is an amazing quarterback. You have great receivers, me Carlos Stewart and you just have good players making good plays.”
Ohio State-bound running back and Erasmus playmaker Curtis Samuel did put Lincoln on its heels to start. He took the game’s first play 53-yards from scrimmage untouched for a score. The Dutchman (6–1), the defending city champions, didn’t take advantage of a Darin Peart interception of a tipped pass. Instead it saw its drive ended with Daiquan Gywn getting picked off by Kareem Guess and returning it all the way to the Erasmus 4-yard line.
It was the break Lincoln needed.
Moore connected with Andrews for a 13-yard touchdown and Hancle ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Railsplitters (7–0) the lead for good at 8–7. Lincoln took a 14–7 advantage into the half and scored 30 straight points before Erasmus made it 30–15 thanks to a touchdown pass from Gywn to Peart on the final play of the third quarter. Lincoln immediately answered with a 35-yard touchdown run from Hancle with 9:00 left to play.
Samuel, who hurt his ankle early in the first quarter, did have a huge day. He carried the ball 10 times for 135 yards, but fellow running back Khalil Lewin was limited to 78 yards and a late touchdown on 22 carries. The Dutchman also lost quarterback Elijah Davis to a broken ankle when he was gang tackled running on the initial play after Lincoln’s first touchdown. The Dutchmen will need to regroup.
“We are going to go back to the drawing board and take a look and see what we can do,” Erasmus coach Danny Landberg said.
Lincoln, now the league’s lone remaining undefeated team, has to keep moving forward as it looks to reclaim the city title and secure the top seed in the playoffs. Moore said nothing but an undefeated season would be acceptable at this point. That means not living in the glory of this win too long, as they visit a 6–1 Fort Hamilton team this week.
“I wanted to make sure they know that this was not the championship,” Lincoln coach Shawn O’Connor said. “It’s only Week 7.”
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