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Mustangs blow out Rams 61-0

Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
East Lincoln senior Clay Hodges chases down a reception against Highland Tech.

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

DENVER — Two football teams with two very different standings met Friday night — both that have maintained the zeros in their overall performance this season.
The East Lincoln High Mustangs (10-0, 6-0 SPC) remain undefeated as they shut out the Highland Tech Rams (0-9, 0-6) 61-0.
The Mustangs set the game’s tone early, continuously stampeding through the Rams’ defense, scoring touchdowns, recovering fumbles and intercepting the ball throughout both halves of the high-scoring matchup.
Senior Mustang running back Marquis Pharr ended the first quarter with a touchdown and a big run, adding to his 70 rushing yards of East’s 124. Pharr also scored two of the team’s overall nine touchdowns against the Rams, the majority of which came before halftime.
By the end of the first quarter, the Rams were down by 33 points, failing to even get in field goal range to slightly chip away at the Mustangs’ lead. East Lincoln senior wide receiver Jesse Earnhardt highlighted the first half of play with a 43-yard reception for a touchdown — one of his five that totaled 83 yards, and added to East Lincoln’s 401 receiving yards.
Also getting the fans on their feet during Pink Out Night was senior Mustang wide receiver Tyler Brock, who received a 13-yard pass for a touchdown, scoring one of his two 6-point additions to the board in the first half.
By halftime, the Mustangs were up 54-0, leaving little hope for the Rams to catch up. By the end of the night, the Rams walked away with 47 rushing and 78 receiving yards, not even half the amount of their competitors.
East Lincoln senior quarterback Garrett Young’s numbers topped his team and his competitors’’, with 17 completed passes for 289 yards — a bounce back from his recent injury.
Senior Mustang Brock and junior Malik Nixon showed up to play too Friday with 151 receiving yards between them.

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