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Lancers extinguish Eagles
Weather delay forces TRL foes to play on Labor Day
By Aaron Pyle
Kicking off the 2021 regular season, the Southeast Lancers stayed home for a Three Rivers League matchup against the Uniontown Eagles.
Last season, the Lancers struggled to compete with the Eagles in the team’s season-opener as Uniontown claimed a 40-12 victory over Southeast. However, this time around, the Lancers looked to turn the tide.
Uniontown drew first blood to kick off the game Friday, September 10, as the conference foe went up 7-0 on their first offensive drive of the game. After that, the two teams battled it out throughout the first half in a defensive- centric contest.
As 57 seconds remained on the clock for the first half, Cooper Hamblin would score a rushing touchdown to put the Lancers up 16-7 over the Eagles. The Southeast senior scored two touchdowns for the first half as Hamblin scored multiple twopoint conversions.
With the final minute of the first half ticking away, the weather began to pick up. Inclement weather then forced game officials and school officials to delay the game until Monday, September 6, when the remaining 47.8 seconds of the first and second half were played.
In the third quarter on Monday, the two teams exchanged possessions as the defensive-centric style of Friday carried into Monday’s contest. In addition, penalties and turnovers became prevalent throughout the third quarter as neither team could find a rhythm offensively.
Headed into the final quarter, the score remained 16-7 in the Lancers’ favor.
Opening the fourth quarter, the Eagles picked up the pace with the team’s aggressive middle run game as Uniontown continuously pushed the chains. Near the seven-minute mark, the momentum changed drastically as the Lancers recovered a fumble near midfield.
From that point on, Southeast pushed the ball up the field to keep the clock rolling with the help of Cash Windsor and Hamblin. The two helped the Lancers reach the red zone as the drive was capped off with a threeyard touchdown run from Windsor with 45 seconds remaining.
Maintaining the double-digit lead, the Lancers defeated the Eagles 22-7 to capture the team’s first victory of the season.
“We needed the first and ten’s and we got a few,” Head Coach Nick R. Cheney said. “We just have to get more consistent. Block better, tackle better, just the fundamentals of football … It feels good to get the win. You can’t be 2-0 unless you go 1-0, so the win is good. A win is good anytime even if it’s semi-ugly; it’s still a good win.”
The Lancers look to keep the momentum going Friday, September 10, as Southeast stays home for a TRL clash against Jayhawk-Linn. Coach Cheney and the Lancers will look to repeat last year’s outcome where Southeast squashed the Jayhawks 44-8.
By Aaron Pyle
In the second game of the 2021 season, the Lancers controlled the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks claiming a 37-0 victory over the Three Rivers League foe.
In the prior matchup, to open the regular season Monday, September 6, the Lancers’ defense came up strong, allowing the Uniontown to only 139 rushing yards, causing five fumbles and 16 tackles for loss. Cooper Hamblin and Cash Windsor also shined as the two accounted for all three of Southeast’s touchdowns. The Lancers defeated the Eagles 22-7 to capture the team’s first victory of the season.
Beginning Friday’s game against the Jayhawks, the two teams battled it out as defense reigned supreme throughout the first quarter. The Lancers controlled the ball for the majority of the first quarter as the team kept possession following the first offensive drive for the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks. Cooper Hamblin, Cullen Mutz and Cade Burdette provided a needed spark at the tail end of the first quarter as the trio helped move the chains.
Momentum from late in the first quarter carried into the beginning of the second half as the Lancers found themselves in the red zone. Mutz capped off the drive with a nine-yard run in as nine minutes remaining in the first half. Cash Windsor powered in the ball to convert the two points putting Southeast ahead 8-0.
Jayhawk Linn picked up the pace midway through the second quarter, moving the ball down the sideline. Gaining momentum, the Lancers quickly adjusted the defense and stood tall as Mutz picked off Jayhawk-Linn, returning the ball into the red zone at the 17-yard line.
From there, the Lancers continued their aggressive, relentless running attack as Hamblin extended the lead with a one-yard touchdown. Hamblin would also run in the two-point conversion to put the Lancers ahead 16-0 with 45 seconds remaining in the first half.
Beginning the second half, the Jayhawks struggled to wrap up the double-headed monster of Mutz and Hamblin. In addition, the Lancers powered their way down the field as Hamblin wrapped up the drive with a 19-yard touchdown to extend Southeast’s lead. Unable to make the two-point conversion, the Lancers led 22-0 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Unable to move the chains, the Jayhawks remained scoreless throughout the third quarter. In addition, the Lancers continued to take advantage of the Jayhawks’ mistakes as the Lancers pushed the ball down the field. Mutz capped off a near 60-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown down the sideline to further extend the Lancers’ lead. Southeast senior Damien Woods scored the field goal to put the Lancers ahead 29-0 with four minutes left in the third.
Burdette punched in one more touchdown for the Lancers on a muffed kickoff by the Jayhawks, extending the lead to 37-0.
From there, the lead became too large for the Jayhawks to mount a comeback as Southeast shutout Jayhawk Linn 37-0 with the Lancers capturing back-to-back victories.
“The kids are working hard,” head coach Nick Cheney said. “Playing hard, working hard and they like each other and they are fun to be around. They are great kids.”
The Lancers are scheduled to take a minor break in the action before the next game. Coming off the bye week, Southeast will stay home as the Lancers face the Erie Red Devils at 7 p.m. Friday, September 24. Southeast looks towards repeating last year’s outcome where the Lancers defeated the Red Devils 26-20.
SOUTHEAST 37, JAYHAWK LINN 0
Three Rivers League Conference
By Sam Kombrink
The Lancers of Southeast- Cherokee were looking to move to (3-0) on the season as they took on Sedgwick (2-0) on Friday night under the lights. Unfortunately for Southeast, Sedgwick rolled into Cherokee with other intentions. The Cardinals quickly got on the board with runningback (#25) Austin Cook rushing it in for the first score of the game. The Cardinals then went for two and we’re able to convert making it Sedgwick 8 Southeast 0.
At the end of the first quarter Sedgwick quarterback then found a #3 wide open in the end-zone. To start off the second quarter the Southeast defense was looking to make adjustments, but to no prevail as Sedgwick quarterback (#9) Lance Hoffsommer runs in a touchdown. The Lancers had no answer for Hoffsommer, as he was tearing up the Lancer defense with his legs via the ground game, and making deep throws downfield.
A big kick return from Southeast Senior wide- receiver, defensive back Cullen Mutz (#10) gave the Lancers a spark. Right as Southeast started moving the ball, the lights on the west side of the field went out. The Lancers were then able to take advantage of the quick break and put their first point on the board by handing the ball to running back, linebacker (#32) Cooper Hamblin for the goal line touchdown, making the score Sedgwick 29, Southeast 6.
At halftime Sedgwick found themselves ahead of Southeast by thirty points, with the score being Sedgwick 36, Southeast 6. Sedgwick had their way with Southeast for most of the second half and most of the entire game. The cardinals poured on four more touchdowns and a field goal to make the final score Sedgwick 65, Southeast 6.
The Southeast Lancers will look to bounce back with a victory next week as they take on the Erie Red Devils at home who have a record of (1-2).
By Aaron Pyle
Morning Sun Staff
Bouncing back from a week three loss against Sedgwick, Southeast (3-1) overcame the Erie Red Devils 22-8 on Friday night in Cherokee. Striking first, the Lancers scored off a 37-yard touchdown pass from Nate Jacobs to Cade Burdette near the 10-minute mark of the second quarter. Cooper Hamblin ran in the two-point conversion to put Southeast ahead 8-0. Southeast added to the lead with one minute remaining in the first half when Jacobs linked with Burdette once again for a 42-yard touchdown.
Unable to connect on the two-point conversion, the Lancers led 14-0 at halftime. Erie responded on the first drive of the second half with a 30-yard touchdown pass, which cut the deficit to 14-8 after executing the two-point conversion. After exchanging possessions throughout the second half, the Lancers gained momentum off a fumble recovery at the Red Devils 11-yard line. Southeast quickly capitalized on the field position by scoring a six-yard touchdown down the sideline from Hamblin. Jacobs converted the two points on a pass to Burdette to put Southeast ahead 22-6 in the final minute of the matchup. An interception on the final drive for Erie sealed the game as Southeast claimed victory in the Class 2A District 1 opener.
The Lancers travel to Hutchinson Field to face the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers (1-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
SOUTHEAST 22, ERIE 8
Erie 0 0 8 0 — 8 Southeast 0 14 0 8 — 22 SHS: Burdette 37 pass from Jacobs (Hamblin run) SHS: Burdette 42 pass from Jacobs (PAT failed) SHS: Hamblin 6 (Burdette pass from Jacobs)