LINCOLN – One team lost and the other earned a victory to open the season, but both Grand Island and Lincoln High showed they can play in their season-openers.
The Islanders posted one, if not the most, unexpected scoreline in the state by thumping last year’s Class A runner-up, No. 4 Kearney 46-0.
“I think all of our kids just played their guts out,” Grand Island Head Coach Jeff Tomlin said after the win over the Bearcats. “Offensive and defensive lines just played their guts out…”
Grand Island will need to be ready for a high octane offense that loves to air the ball out in Lincoln High. The Links enter the season with high expectations, equipped with a talented group of seniors. The Links nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback by forcing double overtime against No. 5 Bellevue West on Friday night after trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter.
“It was two good teams going at it, but I think our kids will bounce back…I think they’ll be fine,” Lincoln High Head Coach Mark Macke shared. “Grand Island’s got out attention. They are obviously, year-in-and-year-out, one of the better programs in Class A so we know we have our work cut out for us.”
Macke added there are some things his players need to work on if they want to defend their home turf against the No. 8 Islanders.
“We need to be more physical. The bottom line is we just got to be physical, and I think that’s something Grand Island is, and we’ve got to match that…”
The game between the No. 8 Islanders and No. 7 Links will be broadcast live on News Channel Nebraska with coverage beginning at 6:40 PM. The contest will also be streamed online at NCNsportsNow.com.