The East Lincoln Mustangs won their sixth game in a row with a 33-0 shutout of the North Lincoln Knights on Friday.
Senior quarterback Garrett Young passed for 185 yards — a season low — and four touchdowns on five completions. Young has passed for over 300 yards in each of the Mustangs’ five previous games but still found senior wide receiver Jesse Earnhardt three times for 159 yards and three of his passing touchdowns.
The Knights (0-6, 0-2 SPC) were forced to punt at the end of their first drive, setting up the Mustangs (6-0, 2-0 SPC) at their own 15-yard line. Young connected with Earnhardt on second-and-10 on a 73-yard touchdown four plays into the drive.
The Knights held the Mustangs scoreless through the rest of the first quarter and the entirety of the second quarter. East Lincoln had only one more drive in the first quarter, which ended in a punt, and both of the East Lincoln drives in the second quarter also ended in punts. North Lincoln also had three more possessions in the first half, but all ended in interceptions by sophomore quarterback Devan Cox.
East Lincoln scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. Young connected with senior receiver Tyler Brock on a 22-yard touchdown pass, and seven minutes later found Earnhardt on a 21-yard strike.
Senior wide receiver and defensive back Clay Hodges returned a North Lincoln punt 55 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. Young threw his final touchdown pass two minutes into the fourth quarter with a 65-yard pass to Earnhardt.
Cox passed for 23 yards on four completions for the Knights. Senior Scott DeLuca led the North Lincoln receivers with one reception for 12 yards. The Knights picked up 119 rushing yards, with senior running back David Spinner leading the pack with 21 carries for 60 yards.
The East Lincoln ground game gained 47 yards, with senior running back Marquis Pharr leading the team with nine carries for 40 yards.