St. Augustine Saints 34, Lincoln Hornets 13

Hornets meet the Saints in First Western League game of 2018.

Week 7 began LEAGUE PLAY for both the Lincoln Hornets and the St. Augustine Saints. This LEAGUE matchup was very close for most of the game. Eventually, the Saints defense came up with some big turn-overs and sealed the win for the Saints. Lincoln hadn’t been challenged by a physical team like this in the 2018 season. Early injuries to Lincoln WR Keyshawn Smith, and fatigue kept Don Chapman kept these two from having crazy big games in the passing game. Early in the first quarter Keyshwan Smith had two incredible catches in tight coverage by the Saints. However it wasn’t enough for the Hornets to sustain drives.

The big surprise came when scrappy Cole Berry broke off two big runs early in the fourth quarter, for most of the game the Hornets swarming defense was flying around and slowing down Saints RB Bryce Caldwell, rendering him less effective than usual. Though undersized at LB, the Hornets backers came to play, time and time again they put their nose in there are shut down Caldwell. Saints QB Luis Peraza targeted WR’s Tyson McWilliams and Sam Scaife for long pass plays, Lincoln DB’s had no answer for their height.

The game was a dawg fight for most of the game, but the turning point was a 4th and 6 decision to go for it but the Hornets. Don Chapman split the Saints defense and looked like he had a Hornet first down but dropped the ball on the 2 yard line, giving the Saints the ball on the 2. That turned out to be the deciding play in the game, The Saints subsequently methodically marched down the field with a mixture or Peraza passes and runs by Berry.  The wind appeared to be coming out of the sails on the Hornet defense.

From there the Saintsman put up 2 more scores, while the Hornets added another score. It was a too little too late by that point, the Hornets simply ran out of time. Your final score – St Augustine Saints 34 – Lincoln Hornets 13

The Saints improve to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in League play, next week they take on Cathedral Catholic in one of San Diego counties biggest rivalry games the “Holy Bowl” at Mesa College.

The Hornets fall to 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in League play, next week they take on La Jolla in a non-conference cross-conference game.

The Story line

If you’re old enough to remember the classic college football games between the University of Miami and Notre Dame from the early nineties, this game has a similar overtone.

Friday night, the undefeated Hornets look to take on the St. Augustine Saints at Mesa College. Game time is set for 7 p.m. This is a home game for the Saints. This also marks the beginning of Western League play for both teams.

The Hornets are moved to the Western League in 2018

In the offseason, in a very publicly talked about move, the Hornets were moved into the Western League. This marks the first time in program history that they have faced teams of this caliber for five straight weeks in league play.

St. Augustine, an all-boys Catholic school, comes into this game with a 4-1 record.  The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season was a tough loss last week to the 2017 defending CIF Open Division-champion, Helix Charter.

Coaches insights:

First year Head Coach, Joe Kremer commented about the speed and agility of the athletes on the Hornet team.

“They got some dudes over there. We will mix things up on defense and try to disrupt their tempo. I’m not going to go into details about our game plan for Friday night, but we are well aware of their team speed.”

On the flip side, the Hornets are coming into this game with a chip on their shoulder.

“The Saints are a top team. They are BIG up front and that presents some problems in the tackle box, but we think our team speed on the outside will give us an edge. We gotta win on first down and be efficient on third downs,” Jason Carter said.

The sentiment is that the county hasn’t quite embraced Lincoln as a legitimate playoff contender yet. Many around the Lincoln community feel like a statement win against Saints would give them the respect they feel they deserve.

Key Players in Friday nights game:

For the Hornets: Senior Don Chapman / Senior Jamahd “Peanut” Monroe / Junior Keyshawn Smith / Sophomore Kenneth Stevenson

For the Saints: Senior Walter Pongia / Senior JT Penick / Senior Jared Stearns / Junior Christian Scott / Junior Travis Hall Jr. / Junior Michael Ambagtsheer

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