Varsity Boys Football
Gunn 28, Lincoln (SF) 26
Date of competition: Saturday, September 1, 2007
Every year starts with optimism and this year the Gunn football team is full of it after a surprising 28-26 win over Lincoln of San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs, led by prep phenom David Henderson, last year spoiled Gunn's first-ever night game at Gunn when they roared back from a 21-6 deficit to defeat Gunn, 41-21. In some ways Saturday's game had the same feel as Gunn saw a 21-0 first half lead evaporate to 21-17 and it appeared the Mustangs were going to go ahead when Henderson went 80 yards for a touchdown only to see it negated by a penalty. That play saw the game change as Henderson could no longer continue to play because of heat exhaustion and then two plays later Gunn's Kyle Einfalt blocked a punt at Lincoln's nine to set up a five-yard touchdown run by Stephen Strnad to put Gunn up 28-17 at the end of the third period. Despite the 28 point, Gunn totaled less than 100 yards in offense and had numerous penalties that stifled any offensive threats. It was the defense that carried the day and the tone was set early when Gunn linebacker Nikko Jackson drilled Henderson to stall what looked like an early touchdown in the first three minutes of the game. Early in the second quarter Nate Burpee set up the first Gunn touchdown when he returned a punt 31 yards to the five. Two plays later Jackson scored and Justin Nini added the extra point to put Gunn up 7-0. Midway in the second period Matt Bordbari intercepted a pass and returned it to the Mustangs' 40. Two plays later, Strnad connected on the longest Gunn offensive play of the day on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Sturken. With Nini's extra point, Gunn was up 14-0. The biggest shock was to come and that happened with 1:24 to go in the first half when Lincoln had the ball at Gunn's 45. The Titans' Justin Greco came in unchecked and blindsided the quarterback causing the ball to pop up into the air right into the hands of Elfran Talbano who went 50 yards for the touchdown. Great efforts by Einfalt, Nigel Robinson, Matt Walkup and many others made the difference and when Patrick Osagiede interecepted the final pass, the game ended in Gunn's favor.
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