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A year ago, Lincoln Southwest football coach Andrew Sherman called Lincoln High quarterback Cedric Case the most accurate high school passer he’d ever seen.

After the Class A No. 6 Links’ 43-3 win over No. 8 Lincoln Southwest for the District 3 title Friday night before a crowd of 4,143 at Seacrest Field, it’s still the case.

Case, a North Dakota recruit, finished 18-of-23 for 277 yards. He was 17-of-19 for 281 yards and three touchdown passes in the first half when the Links (7-2) opened up a 34-3 lead, unleashing the entire repertoire by hitting short, medium and deep throws to six different receivers.

“He’s (Case) obviously a great thrower, but I never realized how athletic he was until tonight,” said Sherman, whose team will also advance to the playoffs with a 7-2 record. “He’s a much better runner than he was last year. He got out of containment a few times, made us miss in space and then delivered a ball right on target.

“But it was more than their skilled players, Lincoln High beat us in the trenches on both sides of the ball tonight,” Sherman added. “Hats off to them.”

Case, a first-team Super-Stater, connected on his first nine throws, a string that included a 57-yard TD bomb to CJ Jones in which he hit the senior all-stater in stride while throwing on the move to his right.

Case later added two more TD passes to 6-foot-3 senior Jaden Horton, a 23-yarder on a fade route early in the second quarter and a 22-yarder with 39 seconds left to make it a 31-point margin at intermission.

Horton had seven catches for 107 yards, all in the first half.

“We had a big chip on our shoulder coming in. We wanted to prove that we’re one of the top teams in the state,” Case said. “With the athletes we have, we can beat anyone. Southwest has a great defense, but we knew they hadn’t seen an offense like ours.”

Lincoln High coach Mark Macke called the first half “the perfect storm,” but he was as pleased with his team’s defense as he was with the offense.

“That’s the best we’ve played defensively all year, I was proud of how they played tonight,” Macke said. “I felt like we were intense and focused all week in practice and that’s how we played.”

Southwest’s only points came on a 33-yard field goal by Dylan Jorgensen in the first quarter, a score set up by a 40-yard run by senior running back Frazzie Wynn, a Lincoln High transfer.

With the game in hand, Case threw just four passes in the second half and completed one for a minus-4 yards to Darius Luff.

Senior running back Isaiah Alford had the only Links touchdown in the second half with a 4-yard run in their first possession of the second half. Alford, who had the Links’ first TD on a 12-yard run with 5:36 left in the opening period, finished with 131 yards on 23 carries.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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