Point Loma running back Jamal Agnew (right) tries to break free from Lincoln defender Tyrell Robinson.
Several Hornets swarmed Tyree Robinson on the field.
They hugged and high-fived him as he walked to the sideline. Robinson saved Lincoln’s season.
The Oregon-bound senior caught the game-winning touchdown and ended the game with an interception as Lincoln (8-3) defeated Point Loma 21-17 Friday night in the San Diego Section Division III quarterfinals.
“Coach told me they were coming to me,” Robinson said. “The ball came my way. I had to make a play for my teammates and coaches. No one on this team wanted their season to end tonight.”
Robinson finished with three touchdown catches.
The Hornets, who advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2010, will travel to play undefeated Olympian next Friday for a berth in the Division III championship game at Escondido High.
Lincoln battled Olympian in Week 4 of the season in Chula Vista, losing 21-14. The Eagles surrendered 220 total yards that night, but more than compensated with turnovers. They grabbed three interceptions and a fumble from the Hornets.
Lincoln wants nothing more than a shot at redemption, especially in a game of that magnitude. Next week, they get their chance.
“We’ve been waiting for this,” Hornets coach David Dunn said. “They’re a very sound team. It won’t be easy, but our boys will be ready. Work isn’t done for us”
At the end of the first quarter Friday, the Hornets and Pointers had combined for just three first downs.
Miguel Alcantar ended the scoring drought with a 31-yard field goal before Jamal Agnew zigzagged through defenders for a 14-yard rushing touchdown and a 10-0 Point Loma lead midway through the second quarter.
On the ensuing drive, the Hornets stung back. Ian Hardman tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Robinson, cutting the deficit to a field goal.
“You gotta go to your talent on key drives,” Dunn said. “That’s what we did.”
Robinson celebrated again, this time after a 21-yard touchdown that gave Lincoln a 14-10 lead.