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Lincoln QB passes starring role to Hornets running back

09/01/2017, 10:55pm PDT
By Terry Monahan

In a lopsided season-opening win over Chula Vista last week, quarterback Asante Hartzog passed for 247 yards and threw four touchdown passes for Lincoln.

But in week 2 at Poway, it was running back Kenyon Sims cast in a starring role.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior scored three touchdowns to help No. 7 Lincoln remain undefeated after a 50-13 nonleague victory at Poway on Friday night.

The Hornets are now 2-0 after their first win in three tries against Poway (1-1).

“This one was way different from last week,’’ said Sims, who rushed 21 times for 128 yards. “This one meant a lot more to us because Poway is a good team.

“They talked a lot of smack on social media about us.

“After they scored, we kept coming after them.’’

Not that Hartzog didn’t have a huge hand in the win.

After his 11-of-13 passing performance in last week’s 54-20 win, the senior passed for another 217 yards and one TD. He also ran for a 12-yard TD and added a two-point conversion.

Hartzog and backup D’Artagnan Van Dusen wound up passing for 334 yards while the Hornets rushed for 179 for a 513-yard output.

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“We are not just a passing team or a running team,’’ Sims said. “We’re a balanced team. We are 50-50.

“If coach wants to run the ball more some nights, I don’t mind carrying the ball that much.’’

Lincoln was leading 22-0 at halftime when Poway took the second-half kickoff 50 yards on eight running plays for Garrett Van Nostrand’s 3-yard TD run.

But the Hornets got a 78-yard swing pass for a touchdown two plays later to regain control.

Sims’ 5-yard TD run with 1:39 left in the quarter signaled the game was over.

Monahan is a freelance writer.

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