COUNCIL BLUFFS — If there was any optimism on the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln sideline Friday, it might have been that its previously leaky defense might shine against Sioux City East.

The Black Raiders entered having been shut out twice this season while the Lynx defense had given up 148 points in its three losses.

But the Abraham Lincoln defense couldn’t stop East, either, as the Raiders won 49-0.

Quarterback Nate Zyzda ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more. He finished 9 of 12 for 200 yards and gobbled up 99 yards on the ground on four carries for East (2-2).

Lynx coach John Wolfe said he thought early on that his team had a chance.

“As soon as (the Raiders) ran their first series, I said, ‘This is a winnable football game for us. I think we can play,’” Wolfe said. “And then the ball got rolling the wrong way. I thought we were prepared to have a good night offensively and defensively.

“Unfortunately, right now we have a losing mindset, and that’s a tough thing to change.”

Sioux City East coach Brian Webb, who saw his team tally 17 points in its first three games, said he was glad to finally see some points going on the board.

“Our kids played hard. I feel like the last two games that we lost, we didn’t play at a high level. It was like we lost the game before we played it,” Webb said.

East outgained the Lynx 500-114.

Webb attributed the sudden Black Raider surge on offense to better consistency in practice and an improvement in offensive line play.

“Our offensive line pass protection was a lot better than it was last week. You can only do as much as you can block, so our guys blocked a lot better tonight, and that’s where it starts—up front,” Webb said.

Wolfe said he believes his team will need to step it up in future practices if it hopes to be competitive.

“We still have a good football team, but we’re not executing. Practices need to be more intense. We’ve got to translate from the practice field to the game,” Wolfe said.

The Black Raiders scored on the opening drive on a 47-yard strike from Zyzda to Caleb Winter to give East a 7-0 advantage with 10:04 left in the first quarter.

Zyzda then scored on runs of 63 and 2 yards to put the Raiders on top 21-0.

A 4-yard touchdown run by Alex Kleider with 10:00 left before halftime made it 28-0.

Zyzda got his second touchdown pass of the game on a 45-yard toss to a wide open Kayden Jones to put the Black Raiders ahead 35-0 with 6:35 remaining in the first half.

Kyler Peterson added another touchdown run for East just before halftime as the East lead swelled to 42-0.

Sioux City East (2-2).........................21 21 7 0—49

At CB Abraham Lincoln (0-4)................0 0 0 0— 0

SCE: Caleb Winter 47 pass from Nate Zyzda (Junior Rojas kick)

SCE: Zyzda 63 run (Rojas kick)

SCE: Zyzda 2 run (Rojas kick)

SCE: Alex Kleider 4 run (Rojas kick)

SCE: Kayden Jones 45 pass from Zyzda (Rojas kick)

SCE: Kyler Peterson 8 run (Rojas kick)

SCE: Zyzda 34 run (Rojas kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing: SCE, Nate Zyzda 4-99, Alex Kleider 9-90, Dylan Harper 2-0, Gabriel Wagner 1-11, Kyler Peterson 8-47, Casey Blake 3-2, Taejon Jones 4-51. CBAL, Dayton Hiers 3-7, Sean Lorenzen 13-23, Ben Fichter 1-(minus 3), Connor Ellis 10-47, TJ Hayes 1-6, Derrick Russell 2-7, Quentin Bradley 1-3, Damari Brown 2-(minus 3).

Passing: SCE, Zyzda 9-12-0 200, Blake 2-4-0 40. CBAL, Lorenzen 3-11-0 27, Russell 0-1-1 0.

Receiving: SCE, Caleb Winter 2-59, Kaige Kellen 4-72, Tyrel Vaughns 1-12, Kreider 1-12, Kayden Jones 1-45, Kolton Schager 1-30, Ethan Breyfogle 1-10. CBAL, Ellis 2-27, Nick Garner 1-0.

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