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11/02/2014 - From The Press Box: Lincoln Area Teams Bow Out Early From Playoffs
 Well, the worst case scenario happened Halloween night.  

A lot of tricks but no treats for the five Lincoln area football teams looking to keep their respective seasons alive in the State Football playoffs.  Each of them were defeated in the first round of their respective brackets.

Perhaps the closest game of the night was Lincoln East's 21-14 loss to Omaha Central.  Running back Tre' Sanders capped off a 48-yard drive with a two-yard drive into the end zone with 31 seconds left to give the Eagles new life and another week in the playoffs, where they face longtime rival Creighton Prep.

Talking with East coach John Gingery Thursday morning, he said they were looking to counter Central's quickness and athleticism.  The Spartan defense forced the Eagles to throw the ball, allowing Jordan Flowers to connect on 11-of-18 passes for more than 200 yards.

East finishes the year at 7-3, city and district champions and a first round finish in the Class A playoffs.  Nothing to hang your head about.  Definitely, a great season.

In 12 of the 13 years Mark King has been the head football coach at Lincoln Southwest, he's taken teams to the playoffs.  Quite remarkable.  After clinching the final playoff spot in Class A, the Silver Hawks drew the top seed and defending champion Omaha North, falling 50-16.

Calvin Strong had four touchdowns in the first half for North, who had a 43-0 halftime lead.  Despite continuous clock in the second half, Southwest managed to score 16 points on the Vikings and saw their season come to a close with a 4-6 record.

Pius X entered the Class B playoffs with enough points based on a very tough schedule and some key wins.  The Thunderbolts had dropped their final two regular season games and were hoping for an upset Friday night at No. 2 Gretna.

Both teams opened the season against each other, with the Dragons winning 26-19 in double overtime.  Friday's game seemed destined to be another thriller, when Pius X came out of the shoot in the 2nd half to score 10 unanswered points and trailed 28-20.

Gretna's big plays down the stretch proved to be the difference.  Pius X never quit and kept playing hard until time ran out.

Waverly, who started the season under first year head coach Tim Williams at 0-5, won their last four games and a district title to get the final spot in the Class B playoffs.  The task ahead of them was top seed Omaha Skutt on Friday, but the SkyHawks were flying high and prevailed 35-0 over the Vikings.

Malcolm, who finished in the Class C2 semifinals a year ago, took an early exit this year as they fell to Fremont Bergan 26-0.

With that said, our coverage of football for the season is over with and now we move on to basketball, which tips off in a month.

It also marks the start of the Seacrest Field reconstruction project.  Once the game ended Friday night with East and Omaha Central, crews started to work on tearing down the old press box and seating to make way for modern accommodations.

Work should be done by the start of the 2015 football season.

Thanks to the area football coaches for their cooperation in getting stats and information this year.  As always, we look forward to working with each other again next year.

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