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09/20/2008 - From the Press Box: Do Lincoln teams have shot against the rest of Class A?


Jeff Motz

I may be wrong, but I still think the Lincoln teams can still stack up against Class A's top teams.  If I had to pick three teams that could put up a good game against some of the state's best in the playoffs it would be North Star, Southwest and its a toss up between Northeast and East.  Yes, East.  The Spartans have a good offensive scheme with some young talent that could become very tough to handle.  The win over Lincoln High Friday night was the win that could help boost their confidence level.

With that said, of the three or four in this case, North Star and Southwest are likely Lincoln teams to have a shot of playing into the next round of the playoffs.  Could they work their way further remains to be seen right now.  You know, this is merely just speculation.  Anything could happen between now and the start of the playoffs on Halloween.

Who will win Class A? I'd say Creighton Prep.  Let's face it, this is a team that has 3 to 4 Division I type players or recruits and a state championship for the Junior Jays could send longtime Prep coach Tom Jaworski into retirement.  Although a recent article by Tom Shatel in the Omaha World-Herald states that Jaworski might put retirement off for a while.

This Friday, I'll get to see both Lincoln High and North Star for the first time this season and I'm excited to see this game.  The Links have been playing well as of late, despite the set back to East on Friday night.  North Star has been rolling, although they hit a snag against Kearney.  I'm expecting to see a good game all around.

But to answer everyone's question about the Lincoln teams and their shot at a playoff appearance this year.......yes, expect at least two teams in Class A.

Lutheran reclaims spirit sword

For the 4th time in the 6 year history of the spirit sword, it heads back to the Lincoln Lutheran trophy case.  Yes, the annual bragging rights game between Lutheran and Lincoln Christian is more than just your typical football rivalry.  It's about brotherhood and sharing the common goals of religion, life in general and good sportsmanship.

This year's game was fun to watch.  I might have seen the best high school football game to date this season.  Is it a stretch to say that?  I'll let you decide with your own opinion and e-mail me at

Isaiah Bockelman lit up the field for Lutheran and Austin Mathers did the same for Lincoln Christian.  In short, it was your typical, exciting Friday night football game.

One final note.........

The numbers for our high school football broadcasts show on average that live broadcasts ranked 3 on the list of more requested, visited and frequent pages of the website.  That says a lot of you appreciate the service, if no one else plans on doing it.

This week on the web......

Thursday it's our Coaches Show.  Scheduled guests on this week's show are Lincoln North Star's Mark Waller and Lincoln High's Mike Fultz.  Then Thursday night, the live broadcast of Elkhorn and Lincoln East, followed by Lincoln High and North Star Friday afternoon and Waverly and Crete Friday night.



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