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FOOTBALL: Gutty Comeback Lifts Grand Island Past East

LINCOLN–(KFOR Oct. 25)–The Grand Island football team made their second trip to Lincoln in as many weeks on Friday night, but unlike last week, they had their hands full with an upset-minded Lincoln East team that’s vying for a higher playoff seed.

But the Islanders rallied back with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive with 1:10 left that was capped on a 2-yard touchdown run from Caleb Francl for a 28-21 victory over the Spartans at Seacrest Field, in a game heard on KFOR.

Grand Island (8-1) trailed 21-20 with 3:25 remaining when they mounted the scoring drive.  Quarterback Carson Cahoy connected with wide-receiver Broc Douglass on the two-point conversion after Francl’s touchdown.  Francl finished with 16 carries and 150 yards on the night.

Before then, the Islanders had a 14-7 halftime lead after two quick scoring strikes in the final three minutes of the second quarter.  Cahoy connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Douglass, then Douglass intercepted a pass from East quarterback Noah Walters at the 30-yard line.  That set up a 27-yard touchdown pass from Cahoy to Blake Leiting with 1:21 left before halftime.

Cahoy was 19-of-31 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns for Grand Island.

East (5-4) tied the game with 9:26 left in the third quarter, when Walters found sophomore receiver Cooper Erikson on a 23-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14.  Grand Island regained control with a 20-14 lead in the third quarter when Braxton Mendez hit a pair of field goals from 38 and 34-yards out.

East took the 21-20 lead with 11 minutes left in the game when Walters connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Carter Glenn.  Walters finished the night 17 of 29 passing for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Spartans scored the first touchdown of the game with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter, when Jack Larson scored on a 2-yard run to cap a short, 19-yard drive.

Grand Island managed 316 yards of total offense, to East’s 261.

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