Written by Corbett Smith
Lincoln rally denies Seagoville its first playoff win since '95
Lincoln QB Neal throws three TD passes, scores winning 2-point conversion
It didn’t seem logical, but maybe that’s fitting for Lincoln, considering the team’s slogan heading into the playoffs was “Against All Odds.”
Outgained 317-156 by Seagoville in their Class 4A-II Region II bi-district game and held without a third-down conversion, Lincoln trailed by 21 points early in the second quarter.
And yet, Lincoln stuck around.
“Just persevere, that’s what we do,” Lincoln coach James Argenti said.
Lincoln (6-5) scored 22 unanswered points, and sophomore quarterback Erick Neal scored on a two-point conversion with 2:35 remaining in the game, for a 22-21 win at John E. Kincaide Stadium.
After Zyquan Rose recovered a fumble with 5:42 left, Lincoln put together its longest drive of the game. With 2:35 remaining, Neal found Javon Jones on a high-arcing touchdown pass to the side of the end zone, with Jones barely swiping his foot down for the eight-yard score.
“I just saw a big on a small,” Neal said. “I just threw it up and let him make the play.”
Argenti left his offense out of the field, going for the win.
“You gotta do it now or do it later,” Argenti said. “My quarterback said lets do it, and I said I’m game for that. I didn’t want it to come down to the last-minute stuff.”
On the conversion, Neal kept an option read, and worked his way into the end zone for the lead.
Seagoville got the ball back with all its timeouts and plenty of time to answer, but couldn’t get past midfield. Tabari McGaskey sacked Seagoville quarterback Roland Hyder on fourth down, sealing the win.
Neal finished 13-of-17 for 135 yards and three touchdowns passes.
Seagoville running back Dontrail Russell had 64 yards rushing and three catches for 97 yards and two scores.
Lincoln scored all of its points off of three Seagoville turnovers.
Seagoville (7-4), in the playoffs for the second straight season, hasn’t won a playoff game since 1995.