East shuts out Bryan to keep playoff hopes alive


Photo by Luke Borgmann

Lincoln East’s AJ Muthersbaugh rushes for a touchdown Friday afternoon against Omaha Bryan.

The Spartans continued to find their stride this week against Omaha Bryan, following a 59-0 shutout. From the beginning, East seemed to be in control of the game, after forcing a three and out to force a safety on the Bear’s punt attempt, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Then the offense came in hot, scoring 31 points in the first quarter alone, with four touchdowns in only five plays. Head coach John Gingery stated that “eliminating mistakes, when you execute and don’t make mistakes, good things happen.” And good things did happen with the Spartans putting up 52 points in the first half. In addition to the high powered offense, the defense continued to dominate, with their second shutout in a row. With two safeties early on setting the tone. “The defense began to get a little sloppy once the lead started to grow, but we adjusted, and they looked great, I was proud of their effort today,” Gingery said. With the game margin growing further apart, the second half saw a lot of solid minutes from the reserves. While they couldn’t quite keep up the offensive efficiency, they were able to maintain the shutout and even force a turnover. Looking ahead, the Spartans have their work cut out for them as they try and stay in the playoff conversation, with two top five matchups in the final two games of the year. This week brings 5th ranked Millard West to Seacrest, then an away game with 3rd ranked Grand Island. “Well we just have get better,” Gingery emphasized. “It’s going to be tough, we’re going to have to play well.”