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09/09/2018 - From The Press Box: Win Over Prep Gives Lincoln High Shot of Confidence With Tough Schedule

From The Press Box

When the new football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons were released in February, the Lincoln High Links may have been dealt a bad hand by facing three top ten caliber programs off the bat.

After suffering a close double-overtime loss to open the season at Bellevue West and a heartbreaker in the home opener against Grand Island, the Links rolled past Creighton Prep 42-21 this past Friday night.

Lincoln High flirted with going 0-3 to begin the season and likely dropping to contention in the Class A rankings, but what happened on Friday night showed the Links football team people have become familiar with the last two years actually came out strong against Prep and dominated.

It was something Lincoln High was looking for after two weeks.  Links quarterback and North Dakota commit Cedric Case completed 19 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns, one of them to Morgan Perry for a 30-yard strike that gave Lincoln High a 14-7 edge.

Senior wide-receiver Jaden Horton had eight catches for 165 yards in the game for the Links.  CJ Jones had a 71-yard touchdown pass and had a pick six from 61-yards out for Lincoln High.

Isaiah Alford, a Nebraska wrestling commit, had 21 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns to help the Links.  

For total offense, Lincoln High had 427 yards, compared to Prep's 219 yards.  Consider this, Prep edged Omaha North two weeks ago 12-7 and last week blasted Omaha Central 59-13.

Lincoln High completely turned the table on the Junior Jays last Friday night, ending what may have been the toughest first three weeks in program history.  But one more obstacle lies ahead this Friday night, a 7pm showdown at Lincoln Pius X.  The Thunderbolts will look to spoil the Links momentum.

After this week, Lincoln High hosts Omaha Central (1-2) and North Platte (0-3), then head to a winless Omaha Benson team on Oct. 5 before hosting Kearney (2-1) on Oct. 12 and wrapping up the regular season on Oct. 19 with Lincoln Southwest.

At worst, Lincoln High could be a 4-5 team that could miss the playoffs.  Ultimately, they would need to pull off win against either Kearney or Southwest, in addition to possible victories over Benson and North Platte, to get a playoff spot.

Southwest, meanwhile, managed to come away with a 17-14 comeback win over Lincoln East on Friday night.  The Silver Hawks host a tough Elkhorn team on Thursday night, before hitting the road for two straight games at North Platte (Sept. 21) and Benson (Sept. 28). 

Southwest's final three games include ranked teams, two of which are in the district (Kearney on Oct. 5 and Lincoln High Oct. 19) and then a road trip at Grand Island (Oct. 12).

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I've mentioned that Waverly on paper may have their best football team in a long time.  It seems like they took a page out of year's past to run the football on Friday night, when Kaleb Canoyer ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns, as the Vikings rolled by Omaha Roncalli 49-31.

Canoyer's 201 yards were part of 577 total yards of offense for Waverly. 

Not sure if the total yards of offense became a school record for Waverly on Friday night, but it's short of the Class B record of 656 total yards accumulated by Pierce against Wisner-Pilger in 1977.

We'll bring you the action involving Waverly against Norris coming up on Sept. 21, in what could be one of the biggest games of the season in Class B.


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