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Lincoln Park's Jordan Geha (20 helped carry the Railsplitters to their first victory in 66 tries Friday night. Photo by Larry Caruso.


FOOTBALL: Lincoln Park ends state's longest losing streak (PHOTO/VIDEO)

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After losing 66 games in a row spanning seven years, the Lincoln Park football team didn’t have a monkey on its back – it had King Kong.

On Friday the Railsplitters halted the state’s longest losing streak with an emphatic 34-20 win at Kennedy.

The win is the school’s first-ever Downriver League win since it formed in 2009 and first since a 24-19 win over Dearborn Edsel Ford in 2006. Lincoln Park is 1-5, Kennedy 0-6.

As the clock ticked down, Lincoln Park took its first victory formation knee in a lifetime of fourth quarters and a stream of orange and blue clad students rushed the field, creating a river of humanity.

Tears, laughter and screaming broke out, while everywhere someone was hugging somebody wearing orange and blue, stuck together by Velcro.

Lincoln Park Coach Jamie Grignon, wet from a Gatorade shower, said that it felt as if a weight has been lifted.

“Now we can go to practice and not worry about the streak,” Grignon said. “It was like a pink elephant in the room, no matter what we were doing it was always there.

“The pink elephant just left, now we can be a regular football team.”

Surrounded by fans and teammates, running back Jordan Geha was carried off the field -- in one of the rare instances anyone laid a hand on him.

Geha ran for 167 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns, leaving Kennedy (0-6) grasping at air.

“It feels so good right now, it’s unexplainable, unexplainable,” said Geha, who was in fourth grade the last time Lincoln Park won a game. “When the game started I knew my team had better athletes, we came out ready to play and (Kennedy) wasn’t expecting us.”

The Rails took the lead on the first drive of the game on a one-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Shawncory Avery.

Geha broke runs of 17 and 15 yards, coupled with a Kennedy penalty, that set Lincoln Park up at the goal line, although the point after was missed.

The Eagles tied it 6-6 with a quarterback sneak by Andia Marsh, but the point after kick missed.

Lincoln Park took the lead to stay on a 44-yard touchdown run by De’Shawn Tillman, where he weaved through the Eagles’ defense.

Kicker Adam Santiago added the point after for a 13-6 lead.

A Kennedy fumble recovered by linebacker Dominic Bennett set up Lincoln Park at midfield led to a 15-yard Geha run and a 20-6 lead.

A Kennedy defensive stand on fourth down in the second quarter resulted in a short drive and a five-yard touchdown pass by Marsh to Dion Craig, cutting the score to 20-12 which lasted through halftime.

The Eagles opened the third quarter with the ball but got stopped on fourth-down by the Rails as defensive end Matthew Haney (two sacks) knifed in to tackle Marsh for a loss.

“We had to get the quarterback and keep containment, they are pretty fast outside,” Haney said.

Lincoln Park made it 27-12 with a Geha carrying three of the next four plays, finishing with a 25-yard touchdown run.

A fumble by the Eagles set up a short field for the Rails and a 15-yard touchdown run for Tillman, 34-12.

Kennedy got a late touchdown on a one-yard run by quarterback Trey Nunley.

The Eagles were led by Marsh, who had 69 yards rushing and receiving and 62 yards passing on 6-of-6 throws.

Nunley, who shared snaps at quarterback, added 53 yards passing on 5-of-7 and 44 yards rushing.

For the Rails, Tillman added 60 yards rushing with two scores on seven carries.

Despite Lincoln Park’s halftime lead, Kennedy had a history of pull-ing out close games during the streak.

Kennedy came back from a 13-0 deficit in 2011 to win 18-13 and last year rallied from 3-0 down with a blocked punt for a touch-down in the waning minutes.

With the Rails up by one score at halftime, Grignon’s message to the team was simple and direct, Geha said.

“He said, ‘Let’s go get this game,’” Geha said. “’This is our game right now, let’s take it. It’s been seven years.’”

Last Updated: 10/5/2013 12:44:30 PM EST