- FOOTBALL: Special Teams Mistakes Cost Northeast
By Kellan Heavican
Penalties and special teams play hurt Lincoln Northeast and Omaha Westside Friday afternoon.
But Westside overcame that in the second half with a balanced attack to earn a 27-10 win over the Rockets at Seacrest Field.
Northeast (2-2) had a brief 7-3 lead in the first quarter, when quarterback Trevor Petersen found running back Tivon Phillips on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Westside took a 10-7 lead and with the Rockets looking to tie, Grant Jordan blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt, allowing Michael Miracle to pick up the ball and run it 85-yards for a score and give the Warriors a 17-7 lead.
Northeast had opportunities to capitalize on two missed Westside field goals in the third quarter.
Mitch Hagen threw a touchdown pass to Braxton Andersen to extend Westside's lead to 24-7. Northeast was able to cut the deficit with a 41-yard field goal from Cody Gronewold, but Westside sealed the game with Taylor Harden's 29-yard field goal.
Offensively, the Warriors outgained the Rockets 203 to 95.