First off, let me say thank you to the fans who showed up to all of the football games this weekend. Keep showing up and support your school, team and community!
Amazing, 8,500 showed up to watch Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln Southwest Friday night at Seacrest Field! If memory serves me right, approximately 7,000 showed up for last year's game. Ryly Jane Hambleton, the long time prep sports writer for the Lincoln Journal Star tweeted late Friday that the game may have drawn the biggest crowd at Seacrest Field since close to 11,000 showed up for the Lincoln Southeast/Lincoln High Class A State Championship game in 1992.
Stands were full of fans on both sides of Pfeiff Field at Lincoln High's Beechner Athletic Complex for the Lincoln Northeast/Fremont game. Not sure what the exact count was at the gate, but lots of folks showed up to enjoy the Friday football atmosphere and watch the Rockets hold off the Tigers 36-7. More than 1,300 page views were recorded on our site for our first broadcast Friday night.
A little more than 3,500 people (respectable attendance in this day in age), showed up to watch a great comeback by Lincoln East Thursday night to edge Lincoln North Star 20-19 at Seacrest Field. The Spartans were down 19-7 at the start of the fourth quarter before quarterback Grant Ozaki sparked the East rally.
Rivalry games appear to be a big draw for most of the Lincoln schools. Southwest and Southeast is one good example of a rivalry game that's become a major draw since both programs have made playoff appearances recently. Players from both schools know each other well from playing together or against each other since grade school make the game extra special, too.
More rivalry games will take place in the next few weeks, but can they continue to draw big crowds like LSW/LSE? Northeast and North Star on Sept. 9 may have a good crowd for a 4:30pm kickoff. East and Southeast on Sept. 30 could be another big draw.
I hear from former high school athletes from the '60s, '70s and '80s all the time how Seacrest would be packed for an intra-city football game, how all the seats at Pershing Auditorium (now Pershing Center) would be filled to the rafters for intra-city boys basketball games. To be apart of that as a spectator or athlete would be something special.
I can remember the days as a grade schooler going to watch high school basketball games were you had to get a seat before the JV game started for an 8pm varsity game. When I played in high school, it wasn't as bad as having the state fire marshal to lock the doors, but the crowds were still strong 15 years ago.
In retrospect, I pleased with how everyone with an interest or connection to any of the high schools showed up to watch the first week of football. If you can't make it to a game.......there's always us (LincolnPrepSports.com), along with KFOR 1240 and ESPN 1480 KLMS to provide you play-by-play of football this season.
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