NORTH PLATTE — In a renewal of a matchup that was last played in 2003, the Scottsbluff football team went on the road and recorded an impressive 41-20 win over Class A North Platte on Friday night in both schools’ season opener.

Grand Island may not have had its best offensive night Friday against North Platte, but ferocious defense and a huge advantage on the boards allowed the Islanders to take a 63-38 victory.

Lincoln High’s high-powered offense continued to hum Friday with a 54-14 rout over North Platte. Links quarterback Cedric Case maintained his torrid pace through the air, tossing four touchdown passes. Now through five games, the junior has passed for 1,645 yards, 22 touchdowns and only one interception.

Trailing for the first time in the match late in the third set, Sami Mauch told her teammates to get her the ball. They did just that and the junior outside hitter tallied five kills in a 6-0 run that put the Bulldogs up 22-17 and helped lead them to a 25-15, 25-8, 25-21 sweep of rival Kearney on Tuesday.

The No. 5 rated Kearney Bearcats forced four turnovers and put a damper on North Platte’s homecoming night with a 34-7 win over the Bulldogs on Friday at Bauer Field.

After finishing with 22 kills in a three-set win over Elkhorn in the Beatrice Tournament final Saturday, the 5-9 junior hammered home a match-high 15 kills to help the Class B, No. 3 Vikings go to 7-0 after defeating North Platte 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 Thursday.

North Platte will try to keep the momentum going against Grand Island after a 42-7 opening-night win over Fremont.

The Bulldogs overwhelmed the Tigers in the second quarter, scoring 21 to take a 28-14 halftime lead. Two more touchdowns in the third quarter would put the game away.

North Platte shook off an early Lexington onslaught to cruise to a 9-3 win over the Minutemaids on Tuesday at the Dowhower Softball Complex in North Platte.

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