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10/20/2013 - From The Press Box: East and Southwest Head Into Battle To Decide District Champion

 Did anyone believe early in the year that Lincoln East and Lincoln Southwest would be playing for a district championship in football?

To be honest, I thought they would have an impact on the A-5 race, as one of three teams up for that title.  Lincoln Southeast was the initial pick as the district champion, while East or Southwest would claim the runner up spot and the third team would be an at-large berth into the Class A State Playoffs.

East has proven they are strong, multi-faceted and come through in the clutch.  Case and point, Friday night at Norfolk.  The Spartans trailed 17-7 at the half before embarking on a 14-point comeback before the Panthers regained the lead with 42 seconds left to go up 24-21. 

When it seemed like the game was in doubt for East, they found some magic.  Driving to the Panther 12-yard line, quarterback Shane Watteyne found receiver Bryan Reimers on a touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining and gave the Spartans the 28-24 victory.  Since their double-digit loss to Papillion-LaVista, the Norfolk game may have been the biggest test of the season for East.  But the bigger one may be Friday night with Southwest.

After a slow start to the season, the Silver Hawks are 5-3 overall and 4-0 in district play.  Like Southwest, East is 4-0 in district play but with a 7-1 overall mark.  Both have qualified for the playoffs and are set to face each other to see who is the A-5 champion and where they can land for seeding in the playoffs.  This may be the biggest game of the year in Lincoln, especially with playoff seeding and a district title on the line.

Teams Likely Already In The Post Season

East and Southeast have punched their ticket to the playoffs, as have Omaha Westside, Kearney, Grand Island, Papillion-LaVista South, Millard West, Omaha Central and Omaha Creighton Prep.  Millard North and Omaha North have yet to claim a third victory in district play and one of them could clinch a wild card to get in.  The same can be said for other teams in that same A-2 district, which consists of top ten teams Bellevue West, Omaha Burke and formerly rated Papillion-LaVista.  Tiebreakers will also factor in to see who continues on into the post season.

Once next week's games have been completed, the playoff pairings will be set officially on Saturday, October 26.

Basketball Is Just Around The Corner

Yes, the thought of basketball starting up in the next month is music to my ears.  We have put together our schedule for the 2013-14 high school season.  Click on this link to see the full-length broadcast schedule for regular season play:

Schedule and times are subject to change.


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