John Brandi 9 p.m., Sept. 17
POINT LOMA – Sam Augustine was making his first varsity start at quarterback on Saturday for Point Loma – and the Pointers didn’t miss a beat. Subbing in for injured starter Zach Eischen, the junior threw for three touchdowns in the first half to propel Point Loma to a 42-21 victory over Lincoln.
“I hadn’t started a game since freshman year, so it was time for me to let my playing do the talking and get it done,” Augustine said.
Point Loma (2-0) and Lincoln traded touchdowns to start the game, and the Pointers went ahead late in the first quarter on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Augustine to receiver Matt Magers. Augustine found out on Wednesday that he would start against the Hornets.
“Our starting quarterback hurt his neck, and he tried to practice for the first couple of days,” Augustine said. “Then he realized he didn’t want to hurt himself for the rest of the games. I started getting first reps and I started today.”
In the second quarter, Point Loma went ahead 21-7 on an Augustine 32-yard pass to running back Jamal Agnew. Lincoln (0-1) responded with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Tajon Mondy to Isaac Smith – their second of the first half – to make it a one-possession game.
Point Loma added another touchdown before the half – a 21-yard touchdown pass from Augustine to Jaivon Griffin down the sideline with 1:31 left in the second quarter. The Pointers led 28-14 after a first half that featured a number of big plays.
“On offense we shove it down their throat one play after another and then once they started biting on the run we threw it deep,” Augustine said.
Point Loma got the ball first in the second half and extended its lead to 35-14 less than three minutes in on a 71-yard halfback pass from Griffin to Magers. While it looked like a shootout would ensue, the Pointers defense tightened up and kept Lincoln off the scoreboard in the third quarter.
“We just had to come out more physical and do our assignments,” said Point Loma defensive lineman Tevon Heyward. “We have a saying in our program called ‘do your one-11’ – out of all 11 people if we all do our one job we’ll all be great.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Point Loma’s defense delivered the knockout blow. Lincoln had the ball deep in Pointers’ territory when cornerback Aaron Watkins hit Mondy and forced a fumble that Heyward scooped up and took 85 yards for a touchdown.
“It was just a wild play. Things got discombobulated, the quarterback was running all over the place, our cornerback got a clean hit on the ball, it popped out and I scoop and scored to the house,” Heyward said. “We had to put six back on the board and make a statement.”
Lincoln added a Smith 31-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. In their season opener, the Hornets hung with Point Loma in the first half but couldn’t keep up after halftime.
“This is a great win and this puts a mark on our football team,” Heyward said. “It shows people what we can do and that we’re not to be looked down upon.”
Pictured: Point Loma running back Jamal Agnew carries the ball outside with Lincoln linebacker Deron Minafee giving chase
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