High School Football

PROGRAM SPIRITUALITY & SUCCESS: The Warrior football program strives to serve Jesus Christ as a medium for Spiritual growth, witness, and outreach. Annually, the team selects a Biblically based theme for the season -- the 2013 theme is "ENDURE" (Matthew 24:13  "But he who ENDURES to the end will be saved.").  Using the season theme as a basis, the senior players develop and lead chapels not only for Lincoln Lutheran but also for the Lutheran elementary schools in the city. Other Spiritually focused team activities include: beginning and ending each team function with prayer; mid-practice devotion; Thursday night devotions; Camp Luther servant event; and an annual team witness poster.

The Lord has blessed the Warrior football program and individual athletes with much ‘earthly’ success & recognition over the years: 5 playoff appearances in 11 years of varsity participation (’96, ’97, ’01, ’03, ’05), 1 district championship - '01, 1 undefeated regular season - ‘97, 3 all-state athletes (Justin Lewallen - 2nd team super state punter in ‘00 , Jon Ziegler - C1 all-state defensive back in ‘01, & Nathan Hannemann - C1 all-state linebacker in '03), 1 Shrine Bowl selection (Jon Ziegler - ’01), 49-42 program win/loss record. The Lincoln Lutheran football program debuted in the fall of 1995. That first squad of Trojans (the mascot name at that time) was comprised of 18 total freshmen and sophomores and played four 8-man junior varsity games. The team won its inaugural game over Omaha Brownell-Talbot and finished with a 2-2 season record.

The next two seasons (’96 & ’97) the team played VARSITY 8-man qualifying for the post-season both seasons. NOTE: The ’97 team was the first to include seniors – that squad completed a perfect 7-0 regular season!

The program moved up to C2 11-man in 1998 and then to C1 in 1999. In 1999 the program also joined the powerful Centennial Conference. Both seasons included exciting homecoming victories. In 1998 the team won a 6-0 decision over Scribner-Snyder in a very cold, wet & muddy game played on Lincoln High’s Beechner Field. The 1999 homecoming game was played on Concordia University's Field versus then top ten ranked David City Aquinas. The Aquinas game included what was arguably the most magical moment in the program’s history -- the Warriors drove the length of the field in the last 2 1/2 minutes of the game and scored with less than 20 seconds remaining on the clock. A successful fake P.A.T. two point conversion gave the Warriors a ONE POINT victory. This was especially satisfying as Aquinas had defeated the Warriors by more than 60 points the previous season.

The 2000 team recorded a 7-2 season record narrowly missing the playoffs. Earmarking the 2000 season was an incredible 4th quarter comeback victory over Bishop Neuman (NOTE: this was Neuman's only regular season defeat on its way to a top 5 final ranking in C1). The 2000 team also engineered a late 4th quarter comeback victory over Falls City High School in the last game of the season.

Like the team of 2000, the 2001 team earned a 7-2 regular season win/loss mark. Furthermore, the 2001 team won the C1 District 1 championship and was the first Lincoln Lutheran team to qualify for the playoffs in 11-man football. The 2001 playoff game was verses eventual state runner-up Pierce.

Following a 3-5 mark in 2002, the 2003 team posted a 6-2 regular season record, qualified for the playoffs, and was the FIRST team in program history to win a playoff game. They defeated Syracuse on the road by the score of 16-6 after playing and defeating the same Syracuse team 6 days earlier in the regular season finale. The 2003 team also won the inaugural “Spirit Sword” game versus Lincoln Christian.

The 2004 squad was arguably one of the most inspiring teams in Warrior football history. After a very impressive 3-0 start, the ’04 team was throttled with injuries and finished with an honorable 4-4 record. The final game of the ’04 season was the highlight as the team rallied for an electric 4th quarter comeback “Spirit Sword” victory over cross-town rival Lincoln Christian. Incredibly, the Warriors scored two touchdowns in the last 3 minutes of the contest to secure the 21-15 win.

Arguably, the 2005 team was one of the finest 11-man squads the program has fielded to date and truly earned the respect of both opponents & fans alike. The team posted a 6-2 regular season record (the two losses were by a total of 3 points) and qualified for the playoffs. A few of the many highlights of the ’05 season included: an extremely satisfying 28-0 homecoming shutout of district foe Auburn, a dominating 42-14 “Spirit Sword” victory over Lincoln Christian, and the establishment of the program’s first 1,000 yard rusher (Micah Sirek – 1305 yds.).

The Warriors have qualified for the playoffs each of the last three seasons (2010, 2011, 2012)!