The air was frigid and field lights bounced off the Bellevue West football team’s helmets.
On Thursday, Oct. 21, the 7-1 Bellevue West Thunderbirds took on the 4-4 visiting Lincoln High Links and closed out the regular season with a 48-6 win.
Winning football games is, simply put, what Bellevue West does best.
The Thunderbirds first drive was marred by penalties and a sideline warning.
The failed first drive was obviously not taking too much Thunderbird headspace, as they responded on their second scoring drive.
Bellevue West wide receiver Dae’vonn Hall started off the night with a highlight reel, one-handed touchdown.
This put the Thunderbirds up by 7 with nine minutes and one second left in the first quarter.
Bellevue West never looked back the rest of the night.
LJ Richardson, Bellevue West senior running back and University of Wyoming football commit, once again proved why he is one of the best running backs in the state.
Richardson had 15 carries for 184 yards and four touchdowns.
In total, in the regular season, Richardson had 28 touchdowns and 1,537 rushing yards.
Bellevue West Quarterback Luke Johannsen threw for 194 yards and three touchdown passes with the recipients being Kaden Helms, Hall and TK Barnett.
The Bellevue West defense also did its job and held the Links to 10 first downs and only six points on the board.
West will finish its season 8-1 and its only loss came from a game against undefeated Millard South.
Bellevue West will most likely play Papillion La Vista in the first round of the district tournament at home on Oct. 29.