Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson scored touchdowns on four consecutive second-half possessions to win 42-21 over crosstown rival Abraham Lincoln. The Yellowjackets celebrated their second straight win over A.L. after losing the previous ten meetings.
Senior running back and top ten Iowa prospect Cameron Baker was the star of the night. His 236 yards and two touchdowns on the ground capped a stellar four years at Thomas Jefferson. On a nine-yard touchdown run in late in the third quarter, Baker surpassed 5,000 rushing yards for his career. On the Yellowjackets next possession, Baker crossed another career milestone. On a toss to the left, Baker broke free of one Lynx tackler and raced 70 yards for his 50th rushing touchdown, putting the game all but out of reach at 35-14.
Abraham Lincoln entered the contest with a 1-7 record, but it wasn’t apparent in the way the game began. The Lynx took the opening possession, after a failed T.J. onside kick attempt, and went 50 yards in 5:44. Dayton Hiers capped the drive with a 10-yard dash and A.L led 7-0.
But, with 1:19 remaining in the opening frame, the Yellowjackets answered the bell. Quarterback Cameron Lukavsky took the option keeper 58 yards for the score and leveled proceedings at seven.
Not to be outdone, Abraham Lincoln’s sophomore signal caller took command on the following possession. Lennx Brown engineered a nine-play 59-yard drive that ended when he found Ben Fichter for a 26-yard touchdown. The Lynx were on top once again, 14-7.
Just as before, T.J. answered. An 80-yard, 8-play drive ended with another Lukavsky touchdown run, this time from 11 yards out. On the scoring play, Lukavsky ran through at least six Lynx tackles before falling across the goal line. Lukavsky finished the game with 122 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
Thomas Jefferson, on the heels of an A.L. punt, looked to be driving for the go-ahead score just before half. But, with 29 seconds remaining, Lukavsky’s pass slipped through Qu’ran Owens’s hands. The pass was intercepted by Lincoln defensive back Lucas Spanjer at his own 9-yard line and the score remained 14-14 at the break.
Owens would atone for his gaffe, recovering a Lukavsky fumble in the endzone that put the contest to bed at 42-14.
The second half for Abraham Lincoln was one to forget. The Lynx turned the ball over 4 times, including a mishandled kickoff, an interception, and two fumbles.
Senior running back and linebacker Seneca Calhoun scored the opening touchdown of the second half for the Yellowjackets on a five-yard run that came at the end of 7-play, 64-yard drive. Calhoun also snared an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Senior Sean Lorenzen put a cap on the night by scoring a consolation touchdown with 24 seconds left, pulling Abraham Lincoln back to within 21.
Thomas Jefferson moves to 3-6, while Abraham Lincoln slides to 1-8. Both teams have finished their seasons, as neither will qualify for the Iowa state playoffs.
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