Lincoln High School head football coach David Dunn looks on at practice on Monday, December 10th, 2018, ahead of the Hornets' state championship game on Friday.
Lincoln High football coach David Dunn admits he doesn’t do a lot of coaching in the summer.
“I like to stand back and observe,” he said. “I like to let my assistants coach and the players play.”
What Dunn witnessed during the recently concluded summer 7-on-7 passing tournaments was a dominant Hornets squad.
Lincoln started the summer winning the Madison Tournament, winning at Hilltop, winning at USD and finished by beating Torrey Pines on the last play at Southwestern College in the semifinals, then beating
The Hornets lost to Premium Supreme, an all-star team, in the championship game of the
The USC event featured Pro Way, another all-star team, Bellflower St. John Bosco, Gardena Serra and Santa Ana Mater Dei, which lost to Lincoln.
USCfootball.com said, “It was clear Lincoln wide receiver Keyshawn Smith wanted to make a lasting impression on the Trojans coaching staff. Smith made the tough catches over the middle, but mainly stretched the defense for big yardage down the sidelines.
“Smith has scholarship offers from
Smith caught 47 passes for 1,000 yards last season, including six receptions for 180 yards and three TDs against Culver City in a Southern California Regional championship game.
Dunn also singled out slot/linebacker Curon Brown-Dunn, receiver/outside linebacker Marquese Allen-Patmon, slot Benjamin O’Brien — a transfer from Westview — and running back Leviticus Tharpe.
“The main thing I want to see is how we compete,” Dunn said.
“We beat Premium earlier at USC, then got a little full of ourselves and lost in the final.
“The most-intense game we played was against Torrey Pines in the semis at Southwestern. For the third year in a row, the game came down to the wire (Lincoln winning on the last play).
“Torrey Pines is going to kick some butt this season.
“I want to see how we pull together in those kinds of games.
“I want to see who my leaders are. The kids want to know who the captains are. I tell them that’s something they determine through their play, their work in the weight room and work in the classroom.
“That’s where captains emerge.”
Dunn said that while most observers see Lincoln as just a group of skilled athletes who should dominate in 7-on-7 situations, the Hornets are a well-rounded squad.
The Hornets were 11-5 last season, beating Mira Mesa 23-3 in the San Diego Section Division II title game and edging Culver City 54-42 to win the SoCal 3-AA championship before traveling to Redwood City and falling 21-7 to Menlo-Atherton in a state title contest.
Success over the last three seasons — a 27-12 record — means Lincoln moves to Division I in the San Diego Section this season and possibly into the Open Division.
“We enjoyed last season,” Dunn said. “We’ve shown we’re more than a 7-on-7 team.
“Challenges are good. Challenges build character.”
La Costa Canyon Tournament: Torrey Pines beat Ramona to win the Gold Division. The Falcons beat El Camino (38-8),
Escondido Tournament: La Costa Canyon went 6-0, beating San Marcos in the semis and El Camino in the final. Quarterback Marshall Eucker, who had 15 TDs without an interception in a tournament in Orange County, had a tremendous summer.
USD Tournament: Lincoln edged
Edison Battle at the Beach:
San Diego State Week 1: Helix beat Mission Hills for one title. In the other bracket, Oceanside went 8-0.
Southwestern Tournament: Lincoln won the 31-team event. Crawford was 3-0 before losing in the quarterfinals along with El Camino and Eastlake.
FOOTBALL KEY DATES
July 30: First day of practice
Aug. 15: First possible scrimmage
Aug. 23: First possible game
Nov. 1: Last day of regular season
Nov. 2: Playoff pairings announced
Nov. 8: First round of playoffs for Division I through Division V
Nov. 15: Quarterfinals for Division I through Division V
Nov. 15: Semifinals for Open Division
Nov. 22: Semifinals for Division I through Division V
Nov. 23: Championship for Open Division at Southwestern College
Nov. 29: Championship for Division V, location TBA
Nov. 29-30: Championships for Division I through Division IV at Southwestern College
Dec. 6-7: Southern California championships
Dec. 13-14: State championship bowl games