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Spirit Sword

Lincoln Christian came into Friday's game against Lincoln Lutheran as winner of seven straight Spirit Sword trophies.

Lutheran snapped the streak in the latest installment of the rivalry, defeating the Crusaders 28-14 at Nebraska Wesleyan's Abel Stadium.

“It means so much for this community. It’s not for this team or anything like that,” Warriors coach Greg Nelson said. “They (the community) are all pumped for it.”

The first score came 3 1/2 minutes into the game. Lutheran sophomore quarterback Zach Clausen hit running back Sam Rathe in the back of the end zone following a defensive pass-interference penalty.

Clausen struck again on the following drive. As the pocket collapsed, Clausen rolled out to his right and found junior wide receiver Logan Kreizel, who broke through the remaining defenders to score.

The Warriors then capitalized on a Crusader fumble late in the first half. Clausen followed with a quarterback keeper from 30 yards, giving Lutheran a 21-0 lead at halftime. 

In the second half, the Lutheran offense picked up where it left off. Clausen put the Warriors in scoring position on a option keeper that went for 17 yards.

Following an illegal-procedure penalty, the Warriors faced third down at the Crusader 13-yard line. Junior wide receiver Joe Admiraal then reeled in a scoring pass from Clausen.

But the Crusaders didn't fold.

Starting at their 20, the Crusaders drove downfield in the third quarter keyed by freshman quarterback Justin Bubak, who was forced to step in after starter Treyson Bigler left in the first quarter because of an injury.

Bubak completed a 35-yard pass to Alex Schreiner to move the Crusaders deep into Warrior territory. But on fourth down, Bubak’s pass was picked off by Kreizel.

The Crusaders got on the board in the fourth quarter when Joshua Stokey scooped up a blocked punt and scored.

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