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Hornets have a very Pleasant evening

11/14/2014, 11:38pm PST
By Alex Riggins, Special to the U-T

Lincoln standout returns opening kickoff for touchdown in playoff win over Otay Ranch

A season removed from winning just a single game, Lincoln High returned to the playoffs with a bang Friday night at home.

The Hornets started fast when Donell Pleasant returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and they never took their foot off the pedal in the first half.

Pleasant scored three times and Micah Edward rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 7 Lincoln past No. 10 Otay Ranch 48-25 in the opening round of the Division II playoffs. Lincoln (6-5) will face San Marcos in the quarterfinals.

“When you’ve got the combination of speed and power that we have, it’s going to be scary,” Lincoln coach David Dunn said.

Pleasant provided the speed, adding rushing and receiving touchdowns to his game-opening return. Edwards provided the power, rumbling for 153 of his yards in the first half and scoring on runs of 20 and 25 yards.

“It feels good to be back on our feet, we worked hard for this after that 1-9 season,” said Pleasant, who was a sophomore on Lincoln’s Division-III championship team two seasons ago. “I knew this was my last game on this field, so I wanted to make it special, and I did taking that kick return to the house.”

Lincoln’s TyShaun Whiting scored from 42 yards on his only carry and Daelyn Dunn returned an interception 20 yards for a TD.

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