Winning the opening coin toss led to victory Thursday night for Omaha Creighton Prep.
The ninth-ranked Junior Jays struck for three first-quarter touchdowns and cruised to a 41-7 win over fourth-ranked Lincoln Southeast. Prep moved to 2-2 while the Knights fell to 3-1.
“We talked about getting off to a good start,” Junior Jays coach Tim Johnk said. “For us, it all started with winning the toss.”
Prep won that opening coin flip and kicked off with a strong wind to its back. The strategy paid immediate dividends when the Knights went three-and-out and their punt netted minus-1 yard.
The Junior Jays took over at the Southeast 22 and scored two plays later when Pierce Johnson ran in a reverse. Prep missed the extra point, one of the few things that didn’t go right in the game played at Omaha Burke.
Prep’s defense forced another quick punt and the Junior Jays got the ball at the Southeast 38. A six-play drive was capped by a 6-yard scoring run from CharMar Brown, his first of two touchdowns.
“We started off fast, and that was huge,” Brown said. “Everybody came to play tonight.”
The Knights’ next possession gained 7 yards, and they were forced to punt once again. Prep quarterback Jack Piernicky hit Thomas Leiden with a 41-yard pass, and the Junior Jays scored three plays later on a 15-yard run by George Egan.
The score stayed 20-0 until Southeast scored late in the first half. A 40-yard completion of a tipped pass from quarterback Willem Reddick to Will Barrett set up a 10-yard TD toss from Reddick to Jake Appleget.
That was the only time the Knights found the end zone against the Prep defense, which yielded 36 rushing yards.
“We were really good on defense,” Johnk said. “Their only score was set up on that one fluke play.”
Prep added three second-half touchdowns. Brown scampered 14 yards for his second TD, Jack Stessman scored from the 6 and Stessman made it 41-7 midway through the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run.
Johnk said the Junior Jays’ 28-22 loss to top-ranked Bellevue West last week played a role in the win.
“Playing them so close made our guys believe that we’re one of the elite teams this season,” he said.
Lincoln Southeast (3-1) 0 7 0 0—7
Om. Creighton Prep (2-2) 20 0 14 7—41
CP: Pierce Johnson 15 run (kick failed)
CP: CharMar Brown 6 run (Ford Hamilton kick)
CP: George Egan 15 run (Hamilton kick)