Taylor — Lincoln Park coach Jamie Grignon couldn’t keep a Black Eyed Peas verse, “Tonight’s Going to be a Good Night” out of his head before Friday’s game.
It turned out to be a great night for Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Park, long berated by some, finally celebrated a victory with its fans on a football field. Lincoln Park ended the state’s longest losing streak at 66 games by defeating Taylor Kennedy 34-20 in a Downriver League game at Kennedy.
“It’s the best victory of my career,” Grignon said. “But just look over there. The community came out tonight and to see them celebrate this is what makes this so good.”
Junior running back Jordan Geha rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead Lincoln Park (1-5).
Lincoln Park hadn’t won a game since 2006. The Downriver League hadn’t even been formed then.
Now it wants more.
“Our seniors are leaving,” Geha said. “We wanted to give them this victory. Every week we go out there and you want to get it over with.
“Seven years of consecutive losses? This is history. We came out here 100 percent ready to play. I don’t want people to think just because we won one, that’s it. We have three more to play and we want to win all three. Allen Park will be a huge game for us next week.”
Lincoln Park did almost everything right this time. It committed just one turnover and three penalties, and forced three turnovers.
This is Grignon’s first season in his second go-around as Lincoln Park’s head coach. He coached the team from 1994-99.
“We were focused as a team,” Grignon said. “We were as focused as any team I coached in the ’90s and as Dearborn when I was an assistant. I was at lunch with some guys today and we talked about being ready. We weren’t going to be denied.”
Lincoln Park scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions and led 20-6.
Lincoln Park gambled on its fourth possession and it proved costly.
Lincoln Park faced fourth-and-one from its 34 and Dion Craig sacked Shauncory Avery for a 7-yard loss. Kennedy took over on the 27 and five plays later quarterback Andia Marsh threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Grant Okdie with 1:40 left in the first half and Kennedy (0-6) trailed 20-12.
Lincoln Park gained 158 yards in the half with Geha netting nearly half (76) on the ground. Geha had three runs of 15 yards or more, including a 15-yard touchdown run that gave Lincoln Park a 20-6 lead with 8:32 left.
It scored two touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half to take a 34-12 lead and then coasted.