Practices weren't that good.
"We gave them so many things to learn, I didn't know what we'd get tonight," said Ashland-Greenwood coach Ryan Thompson after his unranked Bluejays stunned No. 8 Lincoln Lutheran 34-13 Friday night at Nebraska Wesleyan's Abel Stadium.
Now, Ashland is looking to host Ord in the second round of the Class C-1 playoffs next Friday.
A week ago, Lutheran ran wild through the Ashland defense for a 26-21 victory at Ashland.
Five practices made a big difference in the first round of the Class C-1 playoffs.
"They ran a whole new defense and more trick plays than we could even imagine," said Lincoln Lutheran coach Greg Nelson, whose team finished 7-3. "They stopped up the front with a lot of movement in the defensive front. And, we thought we saw every trick play last week and they had more this week."
Lutheran opened its first drive on a 87-yard shovel pass from Josh Duitsman to Colby Bliss. that set up a touchdown pass from Duitsman to Collin Morrison.
But Ashland-Greenwood, state runner-up in 2013 and 2014, roared back on a 25-yard pass interception return by Seth Novak, then scored on a four-play drive that ended with a 16-yard scoring pass from Hunter Washburn to Kyle von Rentzell and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Washburn to Novak.
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Lutheran showed its form from a week ago, when Colby Bliss scored on a 33-yard run to cap a nine-play, 61-yard drive in the third quarter.
That was just about all the Warriors could manage against the opportunistic Ashland-Greenwood defense that came up with six turnovers and held Lutheran to 8 yards passing and a net of 84 yards rushing in the second half.
"Our line was flowing with the plays and the linebackers were in the gaps all night except for a couple of plays," said Washburn, who threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second half, the Bluejays picked up four more interceptions and scooped up two Lincoln Lutheran fumbles and stymied the Warrior offense the rest of the game.
"We were a completely different team this week, and that's why I was worried what we'd see in this game because we didn't know what we had," said Thompson.
"We talked a lot about the gaps we didn't fill last week (when Bliss ran 41 times for 192 yards)," he said. "We fixed a lot of things and our kids really did a great job.
"Six turnovers? That's something. Maybe we'll mix things up again this week."