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Lincoln High vs. Pius X, prep football, 9/14/18

Lincoln High running back Isaiah Alford (3) stiff-arms Lincoln Pius X's Dominic Pelan (18) in the first quarter Friday at Aldrich Field.

In a half of a second, you can turn and shoot a basketball, you can signal a lane change, you can spit out your gum.

But you can't get a snap off in a half a second.

That's what kept No. 6-ranked Lincoln High in front 19-16 in a thrilling victory over No. 10 Lincoln Pius X Friday night before a capacity crowd of more than 3,000 fans at Aldrich Field.

Pius X (2-2) drove 47 yards on four completions in the final 39 1/2 seconds and tried to spike the ball into the ground.

Officials signaled the game over.

"I am so proud of our kids for putting everything into the game and trying to win," Pius X coach Ryan Kearney said. "We thought about a field goal. We thought about a run to the outside. We went up the middle. We had spiked the ball with 1/2 a second left and thought we could again.

"We couldn't," he said. "But what a game."

Lincoln High counted on tailback and Nebraska wrestling recruit Isaiah Alford for three touchdowns and 163 yards rushing to go with five catches for 72 more yards.

The Links (2-2) took a safety when quarterback Cedric Case ran out of the back of the endzone with 40 seconds left in the game.

Th Thunderbolts counted on passes of 13, 9, 5 and 15 yards to march to the Lincoln High 4-yard line before time ran out.

"Oh. Man," said Lincoln High middle linebacker Ethan Bruha, who stoned the final Pius X pass at the four-yard line. "We had everybody in there. I don't know if any one guy helped bring him (Noah Unger) down on their last pass, but it seemed like everybody was there."

The Links scored first on a 67-yard run by Alford and Pius X answered on a quarterback sneak after quarterback Austin Jablonski set up the score on a 57-yard run.

The 'Bolts took the lead midway in the third quarter when's Jablonski, who ran for 163 yards and passed for 58, scored on a sneak to cap a six-play drive.

Lincoln High scored on a pass from Case to Alford, but missed the extra point just four minutes later. But Alford scored on a 1-yard run after Case hit Jaden Horton on a 52-yard pass to take a 19-14 lead.

"That was such a tough, tough game," said Lincoln High coach Mark Macke. "So much was put into that game by all our kids. I can' t single out anybody. We've played four very, very tough games and we've got a couple of wins and lot of things left to work on.

"But this was as good as we can play. Pius X is a great team and they're going to win a lot more."


Lincoln High0 --19
Lincoln Pius X --16 

LHS--Alford 67 run. (Izaquirre kick).

PX--Jablonski 1 run. (Krings kick).

PX--Jablonski 1 run. (Krings kick).

LHS--Alford 6 run. (Kick missed).

LHS--Alford 1 run. (Pass failed).

PX--team safety

First downs1616
Rushes-yards36-190 40-221 
Passing yards259 64 
Fumbles-lost0-0 2-0 


RUSHING--LHS, Alford 27-163, Case 4-10, Perry 1-0, Jones 2-(-3), Ellis 1-5. PX, Jablonski 26-163, Ellerbee 4-7, Andreasen 9-53, Legott 2-4.

PASSING--LHS, Case 16-24-1, 259. PX, Jablonski 5-12-1, 58, Miller 1-1-0, 6.

RECEIVING--LHS, Alford 5-72, Jones 2-28, Perry 3-52, Kleinschmidt 1-2, Horton 4-97, Miller 2-33. PX, Jablonski 1-6, Hruby 2-10, Staab 1-16, Unger 2-24, Andreasen 2-22.


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Ken grew up in Chicago and is a Doane College grad. His Mr. Sportsknowitall column appears Sundays, and he covers a variety of beats.

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