East football bounces back against Chieftains


Photo by Luke Borgmann

Luke Spethman and Kaleb Brady celebrate after a touchdown, on Thursday’s game versus Bellevue East

Lincoln East found a foothold once again on the season, after a 41-7 win over the Bellevue East Chieftains. The Spartans were off to a slow start with four turnovers, as well as two holding penalties erasing touchdowns. Head coach John Gingery was displeased with his teams mistake saying, “(there were) too many, I’m tired of turnovers, and I’m tired of holding.” Despite the struggles East found success in the running game, lead by sophomore quarterback Austin Schneider who rushed for 118 yards, as well as a touchdown. The special teams and defense were also able to shine through the spotting offensive play, highlighted by a 90 yard kickoff return by Blake Ingamells. As if there wasn’t enough excitement and action in the game alone, severe weather in the Lincoln area forced the game to be extended into the next day. There was even some speculation on whether the game would even be continued through the next day, but ultimately it was found in the best interest of both sides to continue play, and close out the game. So play continued Friday afternoon with 6 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter, leading 27-7. East was able to close out the game, adding momentum heading into the last half of the season. “There is no substitute for winning, when you play hard and win there is no substitute,” stated Gingery. This confidence will be key when the Spartans continue their pursuit for a spot in the state playoff. The Spartans will host the Lincoln North Star Navigators on Thursday night at 7 at Seacrest Field.