The Lincoln Park Railsplitters and Edsel Ford Thunderbirds headed into Friday night, each looking for their first win of the season.
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Host Lincoln Park took the lead in the fourth quarter against the Thunderbirds. Despite a late push from Edsel, the Railsplitters held on for a 23-19 Downriver League victory.
In the first two weeks of 2022, Lincoln Park (1-2, 1-2 DRL) suffered lopsided losses to Gibraltar Carlson and Woodhaven.
“We bounced back, what we started with wasn’t easy for us, we took a few hits,” Rails second-year coach Chad Bonmon said. “Our guys have come to work every day and they are resilient. They wanted change and the change in Lincoln Park is here. We really challenged our guys. We challenged our guys to come out and make a change and they did.
It was the T-Birds who struck first, as they scored on the first possession, thanks to an eight-yard run from Hasan Abuhasan. Abuhasan, on a pass from Logan Barkoff, in a situation of 4th and 11th, helped extend the drive.
The Rails walked down the field, trailing seven straight runs from NahShon Williams, and he took the last one across the goal line. After a 2-point conversion, Lincoln Park led 8-7.
Edsel was able to regain the lead with another touchdown and went up 13-8.
In the final 30 seconds of the first half, Rails quarterback Matthew Ferrell connected with Brandon Gray, who fell just short of the goal line.
With no timeouts remaining, Lincoln Park raced to the line of scrimmage and got the shot just in time. Ferrell held onto the ball and snuck into one of them in the end zone for a touchdown. The Rails also converted on the 2-point try and took a 16-13 halftime lead.
Lincoln Park opened the second half by moving the ball downfield again. This time around, Ferrell found wide receiver Andy Reyes open for a 10-yard score and the home side took a 23-13 lead over Edsel.
The T-Birds were able to get downfield and looked set to score after a 45-yard run from Jacob Hazamy inside the 1-yard line. Instead, the Rails stood tall in defense and kept Edsel from adding any runs, capped by a Reyes interception on fourth down.
Shortly after, the T-Bird defense came out on top.
With Lincoln Park set up on the Edsel 20-yard line, the T-Birds forced a fumble and won the ball.
Edsel had the momentum and with exactly 7:04 left in regulation, Hazamy broke free and scored on a 33-yard run. The T-Birds trailed just 23-19 with plenty of time remaining.
However, the Rails ensured Edsel didn’t get another chance as they ran out the last seven minutes of the clock.
During this final drive, Ferrell was kicked out of the pocket in a 4th and 6th situation. The elder dodged several defenders and fired a dart at tight end Mohammed Algahmi for a huge first down with three minutes left.
“He’s our athlete,” Bonmon said of Ferrell. “He has done nothing but work hard to get here and he deserves all the good things that happen to him and to us.”
Next up for Lincoln Park is a Friday night home game against Allen Park. The T-Birds will host at Woodhaven the same evening.
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