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Omaha Central vs. Lincoln Lincoln, 9/28/17

Lincoln High quarterback Cedric Case looks to pass against Omaha Central on Sept. 28 at Seacrest Field.

It appears North Dakota is building a football pipeline to Lincoln High.

First-team Super-State senior-to-be quarterback Cedric Case became the second Link to commit to the Hawks’ football program in a span of three days, immediately accepting his first NCAA Division I scholarship when it was offered in a phone call on Monday morning.

Links safety and state champion hurdler Darius Luff accepted his scholarship offer Saturday when he, Case and Lincoln High wide receiver Morgan Perry were at North Dakota’s football camp.

“The coaches told me Saturday they wanted to sit down as a staff and do some more evaluating,” Case said. “When I got the phone call this morning, I was more than ecstatic.

“I didn’t see any reason to wait,” Case added about committing. “I liked the coaches a lot, I liked the campus and it’s a great football program. I’m excited to be a part of it. The fact Darius was already going up there made the decision even easier.”

Case attended football camps this summer at Oklahoma State, North Dakota State and South Dakota State in addition to North Dakota. He had Division II scholarship offers from Sioux Falls, Augustana, Chadron State, Wayne State and Bemidji State.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Case spearheaded Lincoln High’s best football season in 25 years last fall by passing for 3,249 yards and 35 TDs in leading the Links to an 8-2 record. He completed almost 69 percent of his passes and threw just four interceptions.

The three-year starter has 5,129 passing yards in his career.

He’s hoping to help Lincoln High make another playoff appearance this fall and get deeper than last year’s first-round exit.

“I’m taken care of, now it’s time to focus on doing everything I can to help this team win football games,” Case said.

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


Sports reporter

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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