On Friday, Hail Varsity was in Lincoln at Beechner Field to check out Lincoln High taking on North Platte. The Links feature North Dakota quarterback commit Cedric Case and a bevy of other playmakers.
The game got away from North Platte quickly as Lincoln High raced off to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. The Links won the contest 55-6 in front of their home fans.
Here are five thoughts on the game.
Wrestling commit is a talented athlete
Lincoln High running back and linebacker Isaiah Alford, who is committed to wrestle at Nebraska, was all over the field. If he wasn’t scoring touchdowns as a running back, he was making tackles on defense as a linebacker. He even blocked an extra point. He had three touchdowns in the game to lead the way for the Links offense.
Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning is getting one heck of an athlete next year.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) September 29, 2018
Jaden Horton stars on both sides of the ball
Prior to the start of the game, Hail Varsity’s Jacob Padilla gave the heads up to keep an eye on Lincoln High wide receiver Jaden Horton. He certainly did not disappoint. He played well at wide receiver all night, making some big catches in the game. Horton also seemed to always be around the ball on defense too, racking up a lot of tackles for the Links swarming defense.
Swarming defense makes it tough
In a game in which the Links scored 55 points, the offense will get plenty of attention but their swarming defense was attention grabbing too. It was hard for North Platte to get much of anything going, especially on the ground with the option attack. The only points Lincoln High surrendered was after a muffed punt put North Platte in good field position.
Cedric Case is one to watch
Lincoln High has some very good athletes on both sides of the football. Their best player though is quarterback Cedric Case. The North Dakota commit can really throw the ball. He has very good accuracy and a quick release that was on display all night. He impresses with his ability to make a variety of throws both in the pocket and on the run.
The Fighting Hawks might have themselves a steal at quarterback.
Look out for the Links
The Links have the look of a team that could make a run to finish out the season. After dropping their first two games to Bellevue West and Grand Island, the Links have won their last four games of the season. The team seems to be clicking at the right time as district play starts to really heat up. Lincoln High could be a team that you don’t want to face come playoff time.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.