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Lincoln, whose wooden stands were condemned Sept. 18, will receive portable bleachers for its remaining three home games.

The Los Angeles Unified School District allocated $11,250 to Lincoln to rent bleachers and other equipment for use during athletic events and graduation ceremonies, according to Douglas Brown, the district's deputy administator for business services.

The portable stands will be installed in time for Lincoln's home game Friday against Eagle Rock at 3 p.m.

Lincoln will also have portable bleachers for its homecoming game against Marshall Oct. 23 and its Nov. 6 game against Belmont.

"I didn't want to deprive the students a chance to attend a homecoming game," said William Chew, Lincoln's assistant principal in charge of athletics.

"It's one of the biggest social events for high school students."

Trivia question--Defensive end Ben Davidson played 11 seasons in the NFL and AFL for the Green Bay Packers, the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. He was selected to the All-AFL team in 1967 and was a three-time all-star. Before he began his professional career, he played for the University of Washington. Which Los Angeles high school did he attend?

Turning back the clock--Students who live in South-Central and East Los Angeles and play football for high schools out of the area may get a reprieve from late-night bus rides.

The City Section is considering earlier starting times for night football games in 1993. City games traditionally start at 8, and athletes who are bused to San Fernando Valley and Westside schools often do not get home from games until well past midnight. Southern Section night games typically begin at 7:30.

City Commissioner Hal Harkness informed City Section schools last month that they would be allowed to begin night games as early as 7. Granada Hills Kennedy and Woodland Hills Taft have agreed to begin their remaining home games at 7.

The Lincoln-Wilson game Friday was the first local game to switch to a starting time of 7, although neither school has students bused in from other areas.

Flying Tigers--After winning its first four games, Lincoln is off to its best start since 1935, when former UCLA and Los Angeles Rams star Kenny Washington played and the Tigers won the Los Angeles City championship.

Last week, Lincoln won its fourth consecutive game with a 34-8 win over Verdugo Hills.

Lincoln, formerly nicknamed the Railsplitters, won the Major Division title in 1935, defeating Fremont, 13-9, in the title game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Lincoln, which at the time played its home games at the Rose Bowl, had an 8-0 mark. Jim Tunney, the father of the National Football League referee Jim Tunney Jr., was the coach.

Washington and lineman Downey Thomas were named to the L.A. City first team all-stars.

Add Tigers--It was 15 years ago that the Lincoln football team quit at the half after trailing arch-rival Wilson, 63-0.

Trivia answer--Ben Davidson played football at Wilson High. He also attended East Los Angeles College.

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