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North Lincoln quarterback Trent Hopkins (11) looks for running game in Friday night’s homecoming game against Highland Tech. Joseph Brymer/ LTN Photo

Hopkins leads N. Lincoln past Highland Tech

Trent Hopkins passed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 156 yards and two scores as North Lincoln routed Highland Tech 47-26 in Friday night’s homecoming game at North Lincoln.
The Knights( 3-5, 0-3) fell behind 12-0 early in the first quarter, but Hopkins` two touchdown runs, one from 37 and the other from six yards out, coupled with two extra points from kicker Trevor Cavazos, pushed North Lincoln ahead 14-12 by the end of the period.
The Rams (1-5) took the lead in the second quarter on a 20 yard run by Darby, and went into the half with an 18-12 lead.
The second half was all North Lincoln. Hopkins quickly hit on his first two scoring passes of the night. A 24 yarder to Nathan Harris and a twenty yarder to Devin Borders gave the Knights a 27-18 lead after three quarters.
The Knights continued to pour it on in the fourth. Brandon Mull scored from ten yards out, and Hopkins connected on his third touchdown pass of the evening. This time, it was a six yard toss to Lasharion Johnson, giving North Lincoln a commanding 40-18 advantage late in the game.
The Knights would add another touchdown, a sixteen yard run by Josh McClain, to complete the rout. The 47 points by North Lincoln set a school record for points, surpassing the previous mark of 22.
Hopkins had another outstanding game for the Knights, completing 8-of-14 passes, including 6-of-6 in the second half with all three scoring passes.
“Trent struggled a little in the first half,” said North Lincoln head coach Lonnie Custer, “We made a few adjustments and he made great reads in the second half. He had plenty of time to throw because our offensive line played great.”
Custer also had good things to say about the play of his seniors and the support of the fans. “I`m proud of our seniors for coming through on homecoming,” said the coach. “The fan support was great. It was a cold night, but our fans came through and had the place rocking.”
North Lincoln’s Brandon Mull broke the 100-yard rushing mark, gaining 119 yards on twelve carries. Hanna Hoover was named homecoming queen during the halftime festivities.

North Lincoln’s Brandon Mull (33) breaks into the open in Friday’s 47-26 win over Highland Tech. Joseph Brymer/LTN Photoby David Keever

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