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09/05/2009 - From the Press Box: Southeast shows heart like teams of yesteryear

Jeff Motz

The Lincoln Southeast football team I saw Friday afternoon reminded me so much of the old Southeast teams that dominated the Class A football scene.

Great execution on offense and the defense was tough to beat.  Yes...... this is same Southeast football program who had been going through some growing pains because of the new high school in town (Southwest) and the talent pool had all but dried up.  

In his third year as head coach, John Larsen is pleased with how his team is playing so far.  You can tell the chemistry is back and the smiles on the faces of Larsen and his coaching staff say it all.

But let's not put the cart in front of the horse just yet.  Yes, Southeast beat defending Class A state champion Millard West 24-7, but the season is just getting started.

By Week 4 or 5 of the season, we should know for sure where everyone stacks up in the scheme of things.  Teams are already facing district opponents at that point and winning at least three of those contests is key to getting in to the playoffs.  

Southeast played like a playoff caliber team.  Derrius Vick did a fantastic job of commanding the offense, got tons of help from running back Zach Taylor, even Derek Shouse had a couple of great catches, one of which was for a 23-yard touchdown.  

Defensively, Jacob Ledgerwood made his presence known.  If it wasn't taking down quarterback Zach Leinbaugh or stopping one of their top running backs, he was blocking kicks.  Needless to say, the blocked field goal Ledgerwood had just before halftime was the big shift in the momentum.

What lies ahead for the Knights?  Papillion-LaVista South next Friday night, followed by Northeast, Norfolk, Elkhorn, Southwest, East and Kearney......all worthy opponents and capable of beating quite a few teams.  It won't be easy, but I would imagine that regardless of outcome you can bet Southeast will give their opponents a good ball game.

Waverly is rolling

Class B third-ranked Waverly is a team that's established themselves as one of the most dangerous teams in the state.  The Vikings rolled over Pius X 42-17 on August 28th and leveled Norris 52-14 Friday night.  

Now they'll receive what could be the biggest test so far, when they host Seward next Friday.  The Bluejays upset Beatrice 19-12 Friday night, proving they are willing to compete with the best Class B has to offer.  You can hear the Seward/Waverly game next Friday night at 7 o'clock right here on Lincoln Prep, following the North Star/East game at 4:30.
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