Written by Corbett Smith
Lincoln, behind Neal twins and Trevon Donnell, blows past Carter
Dallas ISD teams should underestimate Lincoln at their own risk.
With less than 600 students in its high school and only 28 players suited up, Lincoln authored its second first-round upset in as many seasons, blowing past Carter, 30-13, in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game at Forester Stadium. Carter has nearly 1,000 students.
“We might be small, but we have a lot of heart,” junior quarterback Trevon Donnell said. “And tonight, we showed that.”
Last season, Lincoln bounced South Oak Cliff in its playoff opener, with a missed extra point in overtime the difference in a 17-16 win.
Lincoln (8-3) had no need for last-minute drama Thursday, rushing out to a 22-point halftime lead behind Donnell and twins Derrick and Erick Neal.
In the first half, Donnell was 12-of-14 for 184 yards, with three rushing touchdowns — all 1-yard runs.
The Neals made their presence felt immediately for Lincoln, with acrobatic catches on back-to-back plays on the opening drive, setting up Donnell’s first score.
On the subsequent drive, Derrick Neal broke up a third-down pass with a big hit on Carter’s Nieman Armstrong. Quarterback Kenneth Spencer fumbled on the following play, ending the best drive of the half for Carter (8-3).
Erick Neal finished with nine catches for 134 yards and a score, capping Lincoln’s scoring with a sideline grab against double coverage late in the third quarter.
“We had a great week of practice, and we could just feel it,” Lincoln’s first-year coach Zarnell Fitch said. “It was in the air.”
Lincoln will face Frisco or West Mesquite at 9 p.m. next Friday at AT&T Stadium.
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