Southeast High School’s defense and run game dominated Baxter Springs in Friday night’s 36 to 0 season opener. Four players had at least 9 carries for Southeast, who has its third head coach in three seasons.
In recent years Lancer fans had seen the team run a spread and a flex so they were very interested to see what new Head Coach Jerrad Hansen had in store for the Baxter Springs Lions. When asked about his plans prior to the season he had been vague, simply telling area preview magazines they would be “multiple” both on offense and defense. With four senior backs, Coach Hansen unveiled Friday night that they will be going old school, using the old Chicago Bears T-Offense.
While there were a few sprinkles, it never rained during the game in Baxter. However, even prior to the games start, lightning could be seen to the far north. Despite the lightning in the distance the game started on time.
The game started slow. Southeast traded punts with Baxter, and Southeast had to punt on its second possession.
That’s when things started to get interesting.
A Baxter Springs fumble was recovered by senior Bryce Blockburger on Southeast’s 41 yard line. The Southeast T offense got into a rhythm, led by the team’s seniors. Running back’s Ryan Rakestraw and Jarod Watson each had a big run, then quarterback Caleb Biancarelli hit tight-end Ryan Ulery for yet another first down. The drive ended on a touchdown run by Rakestraw, who also ran in the two point conversion.
With 6:15 remaining in the 1st quarter, Southeast was up 8 to 0.
At 7:15 p.m., at the 5:25 mark in the 1st quarter, a 30 minute lightning delay was called. Play did not resume until 8:45 p.m.
After the 90 minute delay Baxter Springs went 3 and out and punted. A 57 yard touchdown run by Rakestraw was called back on a penalty. The next play, Southeast fumbled away the ball but their defense held and they got the ball back.
At the 6:39 mark of the 2nd quarter, from 4th and goal at the 7, Rakestraw got his second run of the night. Following a false start on the 2 point conversion attempt, Rakestraw kicked in the extra point.
The Baxter Springs offense then saw a little life but, yet again, the Southeast defense held. Thanks to a great bounce on the punt, Southeast got the ball back on their own 12 yard line with less than four minutes left in the half.
Southeast then marched 88 yards to get its third touchdown of the game. The 88 yard drive featured a 26 yard run up the middle by Colton Charlton, a 27 yard pass from Biancarelli to Rakestraw, and was capped by a 7 yard run around the end by Watson. The 2 point conversion attempt failed.
Following a penalty and lightning heavy first half, the Lancers were up 21 to 0.
The Southeast offense started the 2nd half the same way they ended it – on a roll. Following a drive that ate up six minutes and 41 seconds, Charlton ran in for the touchdown. Rakestraw ran in for his second two point conversion to give Southeast the lead, 29 to 0 at 5:39 in the 3rd.
The Southeast defense consistently put pressure on Baxter Springs, but the Lions were frequently their own worst enemy. The best example of this came when there was less than a minute to go in the 3rd quarter. Baxter punted, but the ball hit the back of a blocker and Southeast recovered the loose ball at Baxter’s 26.
At the 10:32 mark of the 4th quarter, Charlton ran in his second touchdown of the game, Rakestraw kicked in another extra point, to give Southeast what would be the final score, 36 to 0.
Southeast High School offensive game statistics:
Passing: Caleb Biancarelli – 3 completions on 4 attempts for 80 yards. Rushing: Colton Charlton: 13 carries for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns; Ryan Rakestraw – 10 carries for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns; Biancarelli – 9 carries for 74 yards; Jarod Watson – 10 carries for 49 yards and 1 touchdown; Cameron Paasch – 4 carries for 27 yards; Chandler Jackson – 3 carries for 13 yards; Colton Paasch – 2 carries for 4 yards; and, Dylan Lawrence – 1 carry for 1 yard. Receiving: Riley Ulery – 2 receptions for 43 yards; and, Ryan Rakestraw – 1 reception for 37 yards.
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