- CLASS A FOOTBALL: Storm Hold On For Upset of Links
By Jeff Motz
By no means, was this an easy game for a playoff-experienced team like Elkhorn South.
After all, they had championship runs in Class B two of the past three seasons. But the odds may have been against them in the Class A bracket on Friday night.
However, the Storm were able to overcome a high-powered Lincoln High offense gave the Links a game. Elkhorn South held on to earn a 27-24 victory at the Beechner Athletic Complex and advance to next Friday's quarterfinal at Bellevue West.
After a three-and-out from Lincoln High to open the game, the Storm marched 76-yards and capped it on a 12-yard scoring run from Cooper Jewett.
The Links marched down field on their next possession, but turned it over when receiver Jaden Horton fumbled the ball deep in Elkhorn South territory. Lincoln High managed to climb back to the the game at 7 when quarterback Cedric Case threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to CJ Jones.
Isaiah Alford, a Nebraska wrestling commit, then took off for a 46-yard touchdown run to give Lincoln High a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. It was the only time the Links led in the game.
Elkhorn South (7-3) closed the deficit to one when quarterback Drew Reetz threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Eli Hustad. With more than a minute left, Hustad scored on a 68-yard run that gave the Storm a 20-14 lead.
Lincoln High got as close as 20-17, when Chris Izaguirre nailed a 31-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Jewett then scored his second touchdown of the game that pushed the Elkhorn South lead back to 27-17.
During the first play of the fourth quarter, Hustad carried the ball but it was stripped away by Alford, who then ran it back 64-yards for a touchdown and Lincoln High only trailed 27-24 with 11:52 left in the game.
Defensively, Elkhorn South held off a late rally with less than 40 seconds to play. On 4th and 8, Case scrambled and was flagged for throwing an illegal pass....promptly giving the Storm the ball back. Reetz took a knee to run out the clock.