While I will admit Lincoln North Star got the best of Lincoln High in a 21-3 victory at Seacrest Field Friday afternoon, it didn't come that easy for the Navigators.
Lincoln High gave North Star a game in the first half. Confidence is a great way to describe the Links on the gridiron. The kids showed they believed in themselves until the very end and didn't let up at all. A new coaching philosophy may be why Lincoln High looked pretty good, compared to recent years.
The Links had won only six games in the past five seasons prior to this year. Now 2-2, Lincoln High continues to look ahead and improve under first year head coach Mark Macke.
Macke, who comes to Lincoln High after 19 season as an assistant at Omaha Creighton Prep, has taken some of the same style of offense from former Prep coach Tom Jaworski.
The Links relied on a lot of smash mouth football offensively, by running the ball up the middle with D'Marcus Warren and mixed it with some passing. Defensively, Lincoln High was tough up front. Despite losing 21-3, I was impressed with the Links. Again, take into consideration the fact they have two wins after four games, more than what they had last year.
Macke is rebuilding the foundation at a school that was once known for great football teams. He's getting kids to believe in themselves and play hard for 48 minutes a game.
BIG GAME NEXT FRIDAY
Our Lincoln Electric System Friday Football Doubleheader begins with a 4:30pm matchup with Lincoln Northeast vs. Lincoln Southeast at Seacrest Field, the first district game for both teams. This could prove who may be in contention for a district title race with Grand Island.
The Islanders, meanwhile, await the Rockets for a meeting at Beechner Field September 30th and play Southeast in Grand Island October 21st, which could determine the district title and seeding for the state playoffs.
Look for Islander quarterback Ryker Fyfe to be a thorn in the side of Northeast and Southeast. He's considered by many insiders as one of the best passing quarterbacks the state has seen in a while.