STOCKTON – There were times when it seemed as if the first quarter would never end. But when it did, Lincoln High’s football team was in a dominating position.
Senior Aaron Thomas threw five of his six touchdown passes in a 58-minute first quarter and Lincoln cruised to a 49-0 non-conference victory over visiting Chavez on Friday night.
All told, Thomas shredded the Titans for 300 yards on 19 of 32 passing – all in the first half. Lincoln, 2-3 heading into league play, led 35-0 after one period and 49-0 at the half.
“Things clicked very well for us throwing the ball,” Thomas said. “We were able to get everyone involved. All the receivers contributed and the line blocked great.”
Thomas threw two touchdown passes apiece to Merle Bass (43 and 4 yards) and Miquan Maxey (13 and 10 yards) in the first quarter.
His other TD pass in the opening quarter was 11 yards to Izaiah Celestine, who capped a three-touchdown game with a 2-yard reception and a 7-yard on a reverse before halftime.
“We got off to a good start and kept it going,” Lincoln Coach Anthony Martinez said. “We were sharp offensively.”
Martinez was perhaps more pleased the defense, which had 12 tackles for loss and interceptions by Justin Watson and Isaiah Downes in a shutout performance.
“We played very aggressively defensively and took some things away from them,” Martinez said. “I also was pleased that on both sides of the ball we were able to get a lot of backup players into the game. The experience will help them.”
It was a frustrating game all around for Chavez (0-5), which rotated quarterbacks. The Titans also had trouble establishing a running game and came up empty on three drives into the red zone.
Alex Lopez led the Chavez offense with 5 catches for 68 yards.
Lincoln’s three-pronged receiving attack had Bass with six catches for 106 yards, Maxey with seven for 94 and Celestine with four for 80.
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