- FOOTBALL: Spartans Able To Overcome Weather, Delay To Cool Off Chieftains
By Jeff Motz
Mother Nature doesn't discriminate very much, but she happened to be in favor of the Lincoln East football team on Thursday and Friday.
It took the Spartans 24 hours to complete a 41-7 victory over Bellevue East at Seacrest Field, when lightning and severe thunderstorms in the Lincoln area Thursday night suspended play with 6:12 left in the 3rd quarter.
The layover didn't hamper Lincoln East.
When the game resumed Friday afternoon, the Spartans had a 27-7 lead when Bellevue East started from their own 16 yard line. The drive stalled, then Lincoln East countered with a 14-yard touchdown run from Edward Lankas with 1:41 in the third to extend the Spartan lead to 34-7.
Lincoln East put the game away for good in the fourth quarter, when Barrett Sellon ran for an 8-yard touchdown.
Before the weather delay Thursday, the Spartans (2-3) took a 6-0 lead with 4:27 left in the second quarter, off a 32-yard touchdown run from Kaleb Brady. On their next possession, Lincoln East fumbled, allowing Bellevue East's Kendall Mercer to scoop up the football and go 60-yards to the Spartan 15-yard line.
Facing a fourth down and long situation, quarterback Luke Johannsen found Gage Dengel in the end zone on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 2:12 left for a 7-6 Chieftain lead.
On the ensuing kick, Lincoln East's Blake Ingamells return it 90-yards for a touchdown with 2:00 left, giving the Spartans the lead for good at 12-7.
Austin Schneider threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Connor Riekenberg with 16 seconds left before halftime, before Schneider added a two-point conversion as Lincoln East led 20-7.
Schneider then scored on a 24-yard quarterback keeper to put the Spartans up 27-7 right before the game was called due to severe weather in the area.
Over the two-day span of the game, Lincoln East garnered 422 rushing yards. Starting quarterback Zach Clausen left the game before the end of the second quarter with an apparent injury.