Week 1: Lincoln Hornets 42, Monte Vista Monarchs 7
The Lincoln Hornets beat the Monte Vista Monarchs, 42-7, Friday night.
Burgers were cooking on the grill but things were really heating up on the gridiron.
The Hornets got off to a quick start dialing up trick plays.
In the first quarter on a reverse, Curon Brown-Dunn found Key’shawn Smith for a 23-yard touchdown pass. It gave Lincoln the early 12-0 lead after two failed two-point attempts.
Then, in the second, Keshun Ford denied Monte Vista an opportunity at its first points of the game with a spectacular one-handed interception.
The shutout wouldn’t last long, however.
Later in the second, the Monarchs’ Isiah Gardner got behind a power blocking scheme and bulldozed his way across the goal line to cut into the Hornets’ lead. At the half, the Hornets led 12-7.
The second half was all Lincoln.
In the third quarter, Tyler Jenson found receiver Benjamin O’ Brien in the back-left corner of the end zone to increase the Hornets’ lead to 36-7.
Lincoln found the end zone four separate times in the second half.
It was part of an effort in which three different Hornets players threw at least one touchdown pass.
The excellent showing is just the beginning of what looks to be a promising season for Lincoln.
The Lincoln Hornets take on the Monte Vista Monarchs Friday night. The game kicks off from Monte Vista at 7 p.m.
Lincoln begins the season on the road after a deep playoff run in 2018. Lincoln comes into the game ranked fourth in the San Diego Section Division 1 rankings. The Hornets finished fifth in the rankings last season.
Receiver Keshawn Smith returns for his senior season at Lincoln. In his junior season, he posted over 1,000 yards. Smith, listed as a team captain, ranks No. 5 on the PPR Top 30 Seniors List of 2019.
The Hornets lost running back Xavier Hamlett after he suffered an apparent left arm injury in the team’s scrimmage last Saturday against San Marcos. Team officials could not be contacted to comment on the severity of the injury.
Monte Vista comes off a playoff appearance in 2018, also.
Monte Vista looks to display some versatility under center in the matchup.
According to coach Ron Hamamoto senior Ruben Silva will get the start at the quarterback position but junior Jaysen Mikah will get playing time at the spot, as well.
Watch highlights from this game and more Friday starting at 11 p.m. on KUSI.