By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor
After a week off due to Covid-19 related issues with their opponent, the Southeast of Saline Trojans returned to play looking better than ever with a 53-8 thrashing of the Smoky Valley Vikings.
SES is now 6-0, and has looked virtually unstoppable on both sides of the ball, racking up points on offense and muting opponents on defense.
Tonight, the Trojans outgained their opponents 457-94 in total yards, with a great split between rushing and passing yards.
Jaxson Gebhardt led the way with 195 yards through the air, including touchdown passes of 54, 53 and 64 yards.
Gebhardt also rushed for over 100 yards tonight, adding onto a near 100 yard night from running back Bryant Banks.
“I felt like we passed the ball pretty well all night,” SES head coach Mitch Gebhardt said. “We’ve been working on that and honestly the first game or two we didn’t look as good as I wanted to but we’ve really put it together.”
The Trojans were unstoppable once again on defense as well, holding Smoky Valley to just 35 yards in the first half, and under 100 yards for the whole game.
While the defense played well, the receivers shined the brightest in this game, with monster performances from Michael Murray, Chase Poague and Tyler Breeding.
“Those guys have a lot of speed and when you can stretch the field like that it really puts pressure on defenses,” Gebhardt said. “It’s been exciting to watch those guys make big plays.”
Now that the offense is firing on all cylinders, the Trojans look like a team that could very well be fighting for a state title next month, with few to no holes on either side of the ball.
“We kind of struggled early on in the season to find an identity on offense but lately we’ve been running the ball really well, guys are making catches and Jackson is throwing really well right now, that’s a pretty good recipe for success,” Gebhardt said.
With Scott City picking up a 28-0 win over the Colby Eagles this week, their visit to SES will now be an impromptu district championship game, with the winner taking the district outright.
This will also serve as the final game of the regular season for both teams, and will give SES an opportunity to head into the postseason undefeated.
Kickoff next week will be at 7pm as Southeast returns home for the first time in four weeks.