Shhhh. Quiet. Nobody say anything.

Lincoln High is 4-0 for the first time in 25 years and closing in on its first winning record since 2004.

The Links rambled to a 63-14 victory Friday night over Omaha Bryan before some 1,300 fans at Beechner Stadium.

Before they stopped to let the band and the dance team take the field, Lincoln High had a 56-0 lead, almost 270 yards of offense, touchdowns by six different players, held Bryan to minus six yards rushing and 41 yards passing and picked up two turnovers.

But the best was yet to come.

Lincoln High senior Ed Crouse, a backup linebacker, picked off a pass and returned it 24 yards to the Omaha Bryan 16 yard line.

"I almost had a tipped pass into my hands the play before and then, I thought they might go to my side again, and there was the ball," said the night's LHS honorary captain.

"Maybe I'll get some more time on the field now," he said. "This is a team game and we have such great players in starting roles, it's hard to get some time. But I got a chance and I couldn't be happier."

Crouse said he celebrated the victory and remembered his father (Ed Crouse Sr.) died exactly two months ago.

"This was special for me because everybody has been supportive and you can see on the field we all back each other up."

The Links, who have scored 30 touchdowns in the first four games of the season, counted on two touchdown passes and a touchdown run from starting quarterback Cedric Case. Dauntavis Lawrence scored on runs of 23, 4 and 10 yards, while Darius Luff scored on a 23-yard run and a 13-yard pass from Case — all before halftime.

"We're 4-0 and you wouldn't know it to see this team in the weight room, where we're setting records almost every day, and by the way everybody contributes to this team," said Crouse. "I've been here for four years and I remember the 1-8 season when we were freshmen, and then making the playoffs last year. I can see how far we've come and know how far we have to go."

Lincoln High coach Mark Macke said his team took the Bears seriously.

"They were coming off a win over Omaha Central (which broke a 28-game Bryan losing streak) and we were a little banged up," he said. "But you know, everybody was running hard, blocking hard and tackling hard. We're staying grounded because we know we have a lot of work to do."


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