Spartans Set Defensive Records in Battle with Northeast

Photo by Luke Borgmann
DeKendrick McCray racing downfield on a 50 yard punt return, helping the Spartans to a 41-7 victory over Northeast last Friday.

Last Friday the Spartans faced an East Lincoln rival in Northeast. Defense, along with the rushing game played a key role in the Spartan victory. As the warm afternoon moved on quickly, East had a clear advantage over the opposing Rockets. This proved true in a 41-7 win, in favor of the Spartans. 


The rushing game has been a main factor for the Lincoln East offense this far into the season. This was true in week 1 against Pius, where the East only passed 4 times for two completions, in the 23-0 win. The Spartans carried this same mentality into week 2 against the Rockets, utilizing nine different rushers for 25 total carries, and 231 yards over the course of the game. This set up for five rushing touchdowns, 3 for Jack Larson on only 5 carries, Austin Schneider, and Billie Stephenson rushed for one a piece. DeKendrick McCray, and the special teams unit, also came through with a 50 yard punt return for six.


The defense also proved to be a dominant force, holding the Rockets to only 7 points. This assertive play on the defensive side of the ball broke two long standing records, most sacks in a game with 10, and -31 rushing yards allowed. The assertive East defensive has helped them to a 2-0 record thus far, doing so only allowing 7 points in two those two games.


East will look to continue this stout defensive play, and smash mouth rushing game going into week 3. They will face the Southwest Silverhawks, as these two cross town rivals will square off Friday night, September 13th.