By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post Contributor
The Southeast of Saline Trojans have played eight quarters of football in 2020, they have allowed opponents to score in just one.
That quarter did not come this week as SES defeated the Beloit Trojans by a final score of 18-0.
In the cool, wet conditions at Steve Fritz Field Beloit managed under 80 yards of total offense and reached the red zone just once. That drive was ended by a Jaxson Gebhardt interception with ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Benson Berndt, Beloits running back who rushed for 175 yards in last week's loss to Republic County, was held to just 42 yards on 24 carries this week.
“We are very successful on defense because we always hustle and pursue the ball,” SES D-Lineman Sterling Harp said. “It doesn’t matter what play the guys in front of us are running.”
While the Southeast defense shined bright once more, the offense improved this week, especially through the air, where quarterback Jaxson Gebhardt put together a very good day.
“We’ve got some receivers doing some good stuff,” head coach Mitch Gebhardt said. “I think we’re taking some real steps forward in the passing game”
Southeast opened the scoring with a nine yard touchdown run from Bryant Banks in the first quarter.
Before the half, they would double their lead thanks to a 16 yard hookup from Gebhardt to Banks in the middle of the end zone.
Just before the fourth quarter, Gebhardt took a bad snap in the grass, picked it up and found a wide open Michael Murray, who scrambled 22 yards for the third and final score of the game.
This was a special night for many of the Trojan players who enjoyed an early senior night, taking away a big victory and high praise from their coach.
“A lot of these guys have been playing for us since they were sophomores,” he said. “It’s a pretty special group and they’ve been outstanding leaders since they were juniors last year.”
With the win, Southeast moves to 2-0 on the year, and as the number four ranked team in 3A, the sky truly does feel like the limit for the Trojans in 2020.
“There is no limit for us,” Harp said. “If we keep hustling and grinding every day I believe we will have a state championship”
Check out the full interview with coach Gebhardt here.