Spartans stifle 4th ranked Millard West en route to playoffs


Photo by Luke Borgmann

Lincoln East senior fullback Braden Sellon scores against Lincoln Southwest on September 7th at Seacrest Field.

The Lincoln East Spartans stunned the fourth ranked Millard West Wildcats in a game with strong playoff implications.  The Spartans, looking to reach playoff berth, needed to top the Wildcats to keep their hopes alive. Throughout the first half, the Spartan defense held the Wildcats to a touchdown, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on big plays downfield.  The Wildcats led at half, 7-0, and shutout the Spartans in the third quarter to lead 13-0 going into the fourth. Former quarterback Zach Claussen caught a 13 yard pass in the endzone from senior Devin Beckner to up the Spartans on the board. The Spartans got the ball back with four minutes left and a chance to tie or take the lead.  On third and long, senior running back Blake Ingamells scored off a hook and ladder play, putting the Spartans up 14-13. Ingamells followed his touchdown with an interception that set up senior running back AJ Muthersbaugh with the 13 yard touchdown run. Up 21-13 with under a minute to go, Ingamells snagged another pick to seal the deal for the Spartans.  “I feel really happy for these guys,” said head coach John Gingery. “They played their tails off and they didn’t quit.” East will play in their first true road game at Grand Island on Friday, October 19 at 7.