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Written by: Sykotyk on Sunday, June 6th, 2021
Abraham Lincoln v. James Madison
Lincoln Field, Brooklyn, New York
In New York City, the public schools are members of the PSAL. The Public School Athletic League. They are not members of the NYSPHSAA. Due to Covid, as with the rest of the state, the fall schedule had been canceled and there wasn’t a clear sign that football would take place in the spring. However, in May, the PSAL did announce there’d be short 7-week season played almost entirely intra-borough. And not all schools participated.
Two of the schools in Brooklyn: Abraham Lincoln in Coney Island, and James Madison just north of the shore, are two of the ones playing. Lincoln has a long history of playing football. The school opened in 1930 and is situated a few blocks north of the famous beach at Coney Island.
With the covid scheduling being rather condensed, most of the PSAL football games have been scheduled for Saturday at noon. However, Lincoln had this one rescheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:30pm to accommodate the visitor’s prior commitments.
The game was preparing to kickoff at that time, when a rather foreboding sky approached from the west bring high winds, regional reports of hail, and heavy rains. And lightning. The lightning delay was triggered, and the teams cleared the field to await the opportunity to play. By 6pm, the all-clear was given and the teams began warming up once again. With kickoff shortly thereafter.
Other than some minor puddles forming in the two dirt cutouts for the baseball diamond in the south endzone, the signs of a storm barreling through were nearly nonexistent. The two teams opened with a bit of sloppy play. Including a fumbleruski. After a Lincoln drive stalled, a deep punt by QB Frank Tribble was deadened at the 2 yard line.
James Madison’s team speed was on display as Alex McBurnie took the first down handoff to the right side, found a cutback from the sideline and raced 98 yards for a TD. It wasn’t the only long TD of the game for the Knights of James Madison. Darius Cummings later returned a 96 yard kickoff for a TD and also caught a 73 yard TD pass.
Lincoln did answer, a 3 yard run by Tribble, his first of two on the day, but trailed 16-6 after 12 minutes. Lincoln owned the second quarter though, accounting for four touchdowns. Jahari Scott Sargeant would catch a 31 yard pass for a TD while Randy Peters would catch the other offensive TD for 39 yards. Defensively, Lincoln’s Arban Balidemaj (listed as Balidemic on the roster), would recover another loose ball at the one as he dove into the endzone for six. Being mobbed by his teammates. Jahari Scott Sargeant would get his second TD with a 51 yard fumble return of his own. James Madison would tack on one final TD, a 7 yard pass to #21 (unnamed), and misfire on the conversion attempt. Going into the break down 33-30 to the rejuvenated Lincoln squad.
In the second half, it was all Lincoln. The fast break offense of Madison was stymied and Lincoln tacked on two touchdowns to give a comfortable, though not unbeatable, lead. The first, Tribble’s second TD on th ground from 16 yards out in the third. And Ilanegues Adams would cap off the scoring with a 4 yard run, to go along with an earlier two-point reception). Daryl Terry Noel’s kick would be blocked. Finishing him at 2 of 3 for the night for PAT kicks.
Lincoln wins, 46-30 after their defense posts a second half shutout. They’re home next weekend against New Utrecht while James Madison is idle.
JM — 16 – 14 – 0 – 0 — 30
AL — 6 – 27 – 7 – 6 — 46
10:17 JM 98 yard run (Alex McBurnie) (pass good to Jalen Best)
2:08 AL 3 yard run (Frank Tribble) (run failed)
1:49 JM 96 yard kickoff return (Darius Cummings) (pass good)
11:51 AL 31 yard pass (Jahari Scott Sargeant) (pass to Ilanegues Adams good)
8:52 AL 1 yard fumble return for a TD (Arban Balidemaj) (run failed)
7:29 JM 73 yard pass (Darius Cummings) (pass good)
5:29 AL 39 yard pass (Randy Peters) (run failed)
2:20 AL 51 yard fumble return (Jahari Scott Sargeant (kick good)
0:23 JM 7 yard pass (#21 unnamed) (pass failed)
8:00 AL 16 yard run (Frank Tribble) (kick good)
6:39 AL 4 yard run (Ilanegues Adams) (kick blocked)
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