Heartbreaker for the Spartans in the battle of east Lincoln


Photo by Luke Borgmann

East senior AJ Muthersbaugh attempts to catch a pass vs. Southeast on Friday, September 14th at Seacrest Field. Southeast won the game 14-12.

In the battle of East Lincoln on Friday night at Seacrest Field, the Southeast Knights defeated the East Spartans 14-12.

It was a defensive game throughout, leaving the scoreboard scoreless at the end of the first half. Both teams were still fighting to figure out each others’ gameplan. East scored first after pounding it on the ground. The Knights put it in the endzone twice, putting them up for the moment. East came back for a clutch touchdown, but missed their two-point conversion. East senior Barrett Sellon recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter and gave the East faithful hope until Southeast’s Isaac Appleget’s interception in the endzone inevitably curtailed East’s chances.

East head coach John Gingery thought the Spartans executed well.  “We wanted to stay on the ground and we established ourselves on the ground, we did a great job,” said Gingery.  ”We missed an extra point and had a bad snap on a punt and had a penalty down here and the little mistakes cost us.”  Heading into their next game, the Spartans aim to recover from some considerably physical play the past few weeks. “We’re beat up right now, we gotta get healthy,” said Gingery.  Coach Gingery said he is proud of his team for continuing to fight back despite being fairly banged up. The Spartans now hold a 1-3 record and will be facing Bellevue East Thursday night in East’s homecoming game at Seacrest Field.