MIDLAND, Texas — It was a rough first seven minutes for the Lincoln football team Saturday, but things picked up shortly before halftime for the Blue Tigers.
Texas Permian Basin scored four touchdowns in all three phases of the game in the first quarter, busting out to a 27-0 lead. Lincoln scored its first touchdown just before halftime and added two more scores in the second half, but Texas Permian Basin still cruised to a 54-20 victory Saturday afternoon at Grande Stadium.
The Falcons began the game by returning the opening kick for a 93-yard touchdown, the longest play in program history. On their fourth offensive play of the game, the Falcons threw a screen pass for an 85-yard touchdown, making the score 13-0 just three minutes into the contest.
Texas Permian Basin followed with a 25-yard interception returned for a TD and then blocked a punt and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. That extended the lead to 27-0 with 7:55 remaining in the first quarter.
The score stayed that way until the final offensive play of the second quarter. Facing third-and-goal, Lincoln quarterback Desmond Hunter threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Chrisshun Robinson with :05 remaining. The PAT was blocked and the Blue Tigers went into halftime trailing 27-6.
Texas Permian Basin (2-0) threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter, giving quarterback Clayton Roberts his second straight game with four touchdown tosses. However, after rushing for 101 yards in the season opener, Lincoln held Roberts to 8 yards on the ground.
Lincoln's other two scores came in the third quarter, both courtesy of Tori Hicks.
Hicks scored on a 3-yard carry midway through the quarter, then caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Hunter less than four minutes later. That cut the Texas Permian Basin lead to 40-20 with 5:12 to go in the third.
The Falcons led 47-20 going into the fourth and then added their lone rushing score of the game.
Hunter completed 14-of-25 passes for 150 yards. However, in addition to his two touchdown passes, he finished with four interceptions, including three in the first quarter.
Blair Oaks graduate CJ Closser was the Blue Tigers' leading receiver with three catches for 73 yards. Hosea Franklin carried the ball 23 times for 51 yards, only rushing the ball once after halftime, and Hicks added 29 yards on the ground.
EJ Gisa and Cody Bagby each had seven tackles to lead the Lincoln defense. Elliott Albert accounted for the Blue Tigers' lone takeaway, recovering a fumble on a Texas Permian Basin punt return in the third quarter.
Lincoln (0-2) currently has one game remaining on its spring schedule, an April 10 contest against East Central in Ada, Okla.