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09/04/2014 - FOOTBALL: Grand Island Flexes Muscle On Southeast

By Jeff Motz

A pair of touchdowns early and two more in the second half is all what Grand Island needed to keep the football game out of reach from Lincoln Southeast.

The Class A fifth-ranked Islanders scored twice in less than two minutes in the first quarter and held on for two more scores in a 28-7 victory over the Knights Thursday night at Seacrest Field.

All-state quarterback Pierce Almond led Grand Island on a 47-yard scoring drive, capped by a short touchdown run from Leighton Kier for an early 7-0 start with 2:23 remaining in the first.  

Islander defensive end Matthew Lamb intercepted a pass and returned it to the Southeast 27-yard line.  That short drive was capped on a five-yard touchdown run from Tyler Shriner with seven seconds remaining in the opening quarter and Grand Island ahead 14-0.

Almond went to the air twice in the second half for scoring strikes.  The first one was a 23-yard toss to Brendan Barnes for a 21-0 third quarter lead.   The Islanders (2-0) capitalized on a fumble recovery from Allen Svoboda at the Southeast 22-yard line.  That set up Almond's toss to Keenan Ketteler for a 28-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Southeast (0-2) avoided the shutout when a 48-yard pass play from Alex Holman to Sterling Smith.  About four plays later and deep in Islander territory, Holman pitch the ball to Tate Pringle, who passed to Carter Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown reception with 7:11 to play.

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