Lincoln East head football coach John Gingery has to be pleased with his offensse accomplishing 481 total yards on the ground.
The Spartans used the ground attack, with a combination of passing to earn a 48-12 victory over Fremont Thursday night in the season opener at Seacrest Field.
East quarterback Eric Neeman found receiver Bryan Reimers for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that put the Spartans up 7-0 with 7:38 remaining. Defensively, East withstood a 4th and goal situation that forced Fremont quarterback Elliott Gloebel to fumble and the Spartan defense recovered the ball just before time ran out in the quarter.
Running back Mason Tyrell caught a swing pass from Neeman that resulted in a 59-yard strike with 9:11 left in the second to give East a 14-0 advantage. Tyrell carried the ball 17 times for 178 yards.
About five minutes later, Reimers caught his second touchdown pass of the game on a 17-yard toss from Neeman to extend the Spartan lead to 21-0.
Fremont did get on the scoreboard just before halftime on a 13-yard touchdown catch from Jarrod Cox, as the Tigers trailed 21-6.
East roared ahead in the second half with the back up units. Quarterback Greg Dittman sprinted ahead for an 8-yard touchdown run with under four minutes left in the third quarter. But Fremont's defense forced a turnover late in the quarter that led to a one-yard touchdown run from Cox. East led 34-12 after three.
Dittman opened up the fourth quarter with a 52-yard touchdown run for a 41-12 Spartan lead. Junior running back Jesse Johnson capped off the night with a 50-yard touchdown run with 6:34 remaining. Johnson ran 10 times for 100 yards.
Neeman and Dittman combined for 170 rushing yards.