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09/08/2017 - FOOTBALL: Fourth Quarter TD Helps Christian Regain Spirit Sword

By Jeff Motz

Primarily, defense was the name of the game Friday night at NWU's Abel Stadium.

That's what it took for Lincoln Christian to regain the Spirit Sword, plus a touchdown on fourth down late to give the Crusaders a 20-19 victory over Lincoln Lutheran in high school football.

Christian (2-1) regains possession of the Spirit Sword, the traveling trophy shared between both schools.  Last year, Lutheran ended a seven-year drought by defeating the Crusaders 28-14.

After a 67-yard opening drive capped on a 3-yard run from quarterback Zach Clausen for a 7-0 Warrior lead, Christian limited Lutheran's offensive attack the rest of the game.  The Warriors had outscored their first two opponents 122-0.

Christian battled back on their third possession, when quarterback Treyson Bigler scored on a 3-yard run and leaving the Crusaders with a 7-6 deficit with 1:19 left in the first quarter.

After Christian was forced to punt on the opening series of the second half, Lutheran roared back when they capped a 2-play, 50-yard drive when Logan Kreizel caught a 49-yard pass to the Crusader 1-yard line, setting Clausen' touchdown run for a 13-6 lead.

Christian wide-receiver Alex Schreiner countered that with catch in the left flat and ran 41-yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 13.  

Lutheran marched back late in the third quarter when Clausen found receiver Joe Admiraal for a 49-yard touchdown pass, giving them a 19-13 lead.  

Running between the tackles and moving the ball across the field, Christian captured their first lead of the game with 9:24 in the fourth.  The Crusaders faced a fourth and long at the Warrior 15-yard line when Bigler found Reid Houchin on a touchdown pass.

Both teams defensively forced each other to punt, but it was Lutheran who had the final opportunity to come away with the win when they drove nearly 60-yards and set up a 26-yard field goal attempt with 17 seconds left.

Clausen's attempt was blocked and Christian regained control of the ball, only to run out the clock after taking a knee.
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