Lincoln wins Big Bone again against San Jose
SAN JOSE — Big Bone’s 79th game, as has often been the case in recent years, was no on-court contest. Lincoln opened up a 43-point halftime lead en route to a 56-28 win Friday night over host San Jose.
But that’s only part of the story. The stands on the home and visitors side were full and an overflow from the Lincoln side surrounded that side of the pitch. The game between San Jose‘s two oldest public high schools is a community event, and although it’s no longer played on Thanksgiving Day — it was only Big Bone’s second game played in September — it’s a game that many want to see live for the foreseeable future.
“I like to continue the tradition,” Lincoln quarterback Tayden Phillips said, expressing a sentiment heard from all sides, all around the field.
Phillips gave the Lions that big advantage in the first half with his arms and legs. He was 8 of 9 for 184 yards through the first two quarters as the Lions took a 49-6 lead at the break. He ended up completing 9 of 11 passes for 220 yards and rushing for 53 yards on four carries.
“He’s phenomenal and a great boy,” Lincoln coach Kevin Collins said. “He’s a lot of fun to train, he makes me look smart.”
His favorite target was his brother, rookie Kyan Phillips, who caught five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. It’s no coincidence that the combination of brothers ended up in Lincoln. Their father is the JV coach and their mother is the school activities director.
Salvador Espinoza, another player with deep ties to Lincoln, ran for three touchdowns. His four older sisters and his mother attended school.
“I always wanted to play football here,” Espinoza said. “I love football, so it’s always a good experience to play in the Big Bone. It’s always fun to play.”
Of course, it’s easy for the Lincoln community to enjoy the experience after the Lion won their 24th straight Big Bone game. But San Jose fans also stuck together until the end, and the Bulldogs gave them something to cheer about in the second half.
San Jose quarterback Raul Sandoval ended up having a standout game. He passed 14 of 15 in the second half and finished 22 of 31 for 247 yards. He also rushed for three of the Bulldogs’ four touchdowns. Passing game after passing game went to JP Aguiar, who ended up with career-like numbers – 13 catches for 161 yards.
“We fought in the first half, but we fought very hard and I was very happy with the way we played on offense in the second half,” San Jose coach Prashant Kumar said.