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Lincoln Park sets out to leave recent struggles in the past PHOTOS

  • Action photos by Samantha Elliott
With a Week-6 victory last year against Kennedy, the Lincoln Park football team finally halted a losing streak that had dated back to 2006.

Heading into this season, Railsplitters Coach Jamie Grignon and his players are ready to leave everything related to the streak behind them and move on to bigger and better things.

“We don’t think even think about that anymore,” Grignon said. “It’s totally gone, it’s forgotten. It happened last year, but to us it’s years past."

This season, Grignon, who is in his second year of a new stint with Lincoln Park, said he’s excited about the 2014 squad and has seen a lot of progress so far.

“I absolutely love them,” he said. It’s a pleasure to see us getting better at every practice. The intensity is there. We have to stay healthy, we have to get some breaks and I think we should have a successful season.”

At quarterback for the Rails will be junior Steve Glenn (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) while senior Jordan Geha (5-9, 180) will return as a halfback and the starting fullback spot will go to Otis Rhodes (5-8, 215). Last year, Geha led the team in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, while Rhodes came away with 556 yards on the ground.

Lining up at wide receiver will be senior Kewon Ganaway (5-11, 175) and juniors Ivan Wilburn (5-10, 150) and Trevor Anderson (5-7, 160).

Serving as a tight end in the Rails’ offensive scheme will be senior Diego Fragoso (5-11, 190).

Ready to do the blocking up front this fall is a set of five big seniors, as Brenden Johnson (6-3, 270) and Craig Korte (6-3, 275) will be the tackles, Matt Haney (6-1, 235) and Joel Padilla (5-8, 260) will take on the guard spots and Blake Johnson (6-0, 300) will be at center.

On the other side of the ball, Rhodes will be a defensive tackle, following a 2013 season in which he made 26 tackles as a member of Rails’ defensive unit. Kalani Kapiko will also be on the defensive line this year.

Making up a tough trio of senior linebackers will be Geha, Fragoso and Tommy Hernandez (5-7, 185).

The corners will be manned by Ganaway and sophomore D’Andre Holmes (5-8, 155) while Anderson and senior Quinn Chapman (5-11, 158) will both play at the safety position.

Lincoln Park will get the 2014 campaign underway on Aug. 28 with a road game at Anderson.







Last Updated: 8/26/2014 7:36:12 PM EST

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