Alices score 7 straight TDs to blast Hatchets
If there was a way to score a touchdown on Friday, Lincoln seemed to find it.
The Alices needed just four offensive plays to score their first three touchdowns, and they tacked on special teams and defensive scores to bury Washington early, 47-16, in a homecoming victory at Inman Field.
It was the first Big Eight Conference win of the season for Lincoln (3-4, 1-3), and it did so in short order. The Alices scored on their first five offensive possessions and built a 47-0 halftime advantage to earn the mercy rule, a second-half running clock once the margin reaches 35 points.
Rae Haislip led the way with 94 yards and a touchdown on three attempts. Julius Hardiman had a pair of runs for 65 yards and a score, with a third big run negated by a penalty. Quarterback Eric Vickers completed both of his passes for touchdowns for 61 yards.
“We’re starting to put some wins together. I don’t care who you're playing, it’s a lot better moving forward with a win than a loss,” Lincoln coach Levi Salters said. “I think the confidence is starting to grow with this group, and that’s what we need.”
Haislip set the tone on the very first play, breaking free on an 83-yard romp down the right sideline, and Adolfo Ubaldo’s kick made it 7-0 with 11:38 showing. After a holding penalty started Lincoln’s second drive, Hardiman scored on a 43-yard jaunt to cap off a two-play drive, and Ubaldo made it 14-0 with 8:15 left. Following a failed fourth-down attempt by the Hatchets (0-7, 0-4), Vickers connected with Simon York for a 29-yard score, and Ubaldo’s kick pushed the lead to 21-0 at the 5:49 mark.
Favian Hernandez notched an interception, and E Smith threw to a wide-open Torrence Gillis for 36 yards to set up a 6-yard touchdown run for Smith. Ubaldo’s kick made it 28-0 with 2:34 yet to play in the first.
Lincoln’s second-quarter touchdowns came on a 32-yard pass from Vickers to Baron Vieck; a 43-yard punt return by Blake Mincey, which was partially blocked by Haislip; and a 12-yard fumble return by Andrew Brown, who stripped a Washington runner on a fake-punt run. Brown’s score came with 4:28 remaining in the half. The Alices only failed to score on their final possession of the half after taking over with 58 seconds.
Lincoln put up 256 yards of total offense in the first two periods while limiting the Hatchets to 31 yards, all on the ground. The bright spot in the first half for Washington was a 55-yard kickoff return by Kevin Laguerre, but a fumbled snap, recovered by Payton Curry, stalled the drive.
“We had good execution offensively, and we did what we wanted to do,” Salters said. “Rae got us going with that first score, and he’s a big physical kid that they had trouble bringing down. Vickers made some nice throws, and E had a nice game.”
Laguerre finished with 127 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, highlighted by a 48-yard scoring romp for the Hatchets final score. He got over 100 of that yardage in the second half against Lincoln’s second unit.
“This is the first game he’s played this year, and he’s a good running back. He runs hard, has good speed, and he’s physical. But he had a hard time against us in the first half. We made it tough on him,” Salters said.
A Jack Fry 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth ended Lincoln's bid at a 15th homecoming shutout. The victory moves Lincoln's overall homecoming mark to 45-22-2, and it's the third consecutive homecoming win for the Alices.
Lincoln hosts Mount Carmel, Ill., at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
LINCOLN 47, WASHINGTON 16
First downs |8 |6
Rushes-yards |41-196 |15-175
Passing (C-A-I) |0-1-1 |3-4-0
Passing yards |0 |97
Total yards |196 |272
Fumbles-lost |6-2 |1-0
Penalties-yards |2-15 |6-60
Punts-avg. |3-18 |2-30.5
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Washington |0-0-0-16 — 16
Lincoln |28-19-0-0 — 47
L — Rae Haislip 83 run (Adolfo Ubaldo kick) 11:38 1st qtr.
L — Julius Hardiman 43 run (Ubaldo kick) 8:15 1st qtr.
L — Simon York 29 pass from Eric Vickers (Ubaldo kick) 5:49 1st qtr.
L — E Smith 6 run (Ubaldo kick) 2:34 1st qtr.
L — Baron Vieck 32 pass from Vickers (kick blocked) 11:06 2nd qtr.
L — Blake Mincey 43 punt return (Ubaldo kick) 7:00 2nd qtr.
L — Andrew Brown 12 fumble return (kick failed) 4:28 2nd qtr.
W — Jack Fry 3 run (Kevin Laguerre run) 8:50 4th qtr.
W — Laguerre 48 run (Fischer Owens run) :50 4th qtr.
RUSHING — Washington: Laguerre 16-127 (TD), Owens 7-34, Ian Hill 7-24, Ethan Hawkins 2-12, Louk Gray 1-8, Fry 4-(-2) (TD), Damian Garcia 4-(-7). Lincoln: Haislip 3-94 (TD), Hardiman 2-65 (TD), DeJuan Gillis 4-21, Collin Jackson 1-2, York 1-0, Smith 2-0, Zach Steffey 2-(-7).
PASSING — Washington: Laguerre 0-1-1, 0. Lincoln: Vickers 2-2-0, 61 (2 TDs); Smith 1-1-0, 36; Steffey 0-1-0, 0.
RECEIVING — Lincoln: Torrence Gillis 1-36, Vieck 1-32 (TD), York 1-29 (TD).