Lincoln Beats Franklin, 13-6 in League Opener, Stays Unbeaten

By Mario Villegas, Exclusive to EGP

Lincoln High School hasn’t won a Northern League football title since 1991, but the Tigers took a major step toward winning their first since then by defeating longtime nemesis Franklin, 13-6, last Friday in the league opener.

It was Lincoln’s first victory over Franklin since 1991 and it kept Coach Albert Carrillo’s Tigers undefeated this season as they raised their record to 6-0 before an overflow crowd at Lincoln.

Linebacker Andrew Medrano had a big night for the Tigers. The senior, who is arguably one of the top players in the City Section, returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

It was the game’s only score until the fourth quarter, when Franklin scored with less than five minutes remaining. Trailing 7-6, the Panthers (4-2, 0-1) missed a chance for victory when their two-point conversion attempt failed.

After forcing Lincoln to punt, Franklin muffed the punt and the Tigers recovered the ball at the Panthers’ two-yard line.

Lincoln’s Carlos Duran ran it in from there with a minute remaining, increasing the lead to the final margin of victory.

Assistant coach and 1988 Lincoln graduate Gabe Cotero called it one of the greatest wins in the school’s long history.

“It was really great to see the smiles on all the kids’ faces and to see all the alumni and former players that turned out so happy,” Cotero said. “It was just a great night. I didn’t want it to end.”

Besides the interception return, Medrano had seven solo tackles and two sacks.

Cotero also said another key was the stellar play of cornerbacks Jimmy Acosta and Albert Oliden.

“They made it tough on Franklin and they tackled real well,” said Cotero, who coaches the defensive backs.

Duran finished the game with 75 yards on 16 rushing attempts and quarterback Brando Lopez completed six of 9 passes for 57 yards.

Lincoln (1-0 in league) plays Eagle Rock (2-4, 1-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock opened league by defeating Roybal, 19-0.

Franklin takes on Marshall (4-2, 1-0) at 3 p.m. Friday at Marshall.

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October 21, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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