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11/01/2013 - CLASS A FOOTBALL: Mother Nature Doesn't Help Spartans In Showdown With Mustangs

By Jeff Motz

OMAHA---The perfect storm to spoil a team's momentum.

Millard North took advantage of Mother Nature's pinch of rain, wind and small hail to bounce back and beat Lincoln East 21-13 on Friday to open the Class A Football playoffs at Buell Stadium.

East utilized a good run-defense and kept within reach.

The Spartans settled for a 33-yard field goal from Sam Kohler with 10:29 left in the opening period.  Millard North returned the favor with quarterback Clay Fisher's 42-yard TD run with 4:52 left to give the Mustangs a 7-3 lead.

East's next drive ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Shane Watteyne to Bryan Reimers to retain the lead at 10-7 with 1:20 before the end of the quarter.  

The Spartan defense stepped up and stopped Millard North on two straight possessions, including a fumble recovery at the Mustang 23-yard line that eventually set up a 33-yard field goal from Kohler that gave East a 13-7 halftime lead.

As both teams were about to start the third quarter, both teams and fans were sent leaving from Buell Stadium for 45 minutes because of lightning.  It gave Millard North an opportunity to fix their ground game. 

Fullback Grant DeVries got the ball more in the second half, and Fisher capped an 80-yard opening drive in the second half with a two-yard touchdown run that gave the Mustangs a 14-13 lead.

East recovered a Millard North fumble but went three and out.  The Mustangs burned up six minutes of game time before Fisher stretched across the end zone for the game's final score and a 21-13.  The Spartans could no convert on 4th Down play and gave the ball back to Millard North, where they burned glock until the game is over.

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