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10/05/2013 - FOOTBALL: Southeast Rallies Over Norfolk In Overtime

By Jeff Motz

Storm clouds were no where to be found.

With much better weather, Lincoln Southeast rallied from a 20-9 deficit in the third quarter to force overtime and earn a 26-20 victory Saturday morning at Lincoln High's Beechner Athletic Complex.

The Knights (3-3) trailed with 1:08 left in the third quarter when the game was suspended Thursday night at Seacrest Field because of lightning and severe weather in the Lincoln area.  It prompted school officials to reschedule to Saturday morning because Seacrest and Beechner were being used Friday and there was an all-day band competition at Seacrest on Saturday.

Regardless, Southeast took advantage of the extra day to rest up and continue their game with Norfolk.  A 31-yard field goal from Logan Keitges closed Southeast's deficit to 20-12 with 10:01 left in the game.

A series of three and outs between both teams, eventually set up the Knights' 81-yard scoring drive when quarterback Luke Gifford found Logan Beebe on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left.  Gifford's pass to Beebe completed the 2-point conversion to tie the game.

Norfolk (4-2) got the ball to start the overtime period, but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal attempt that missed to the right.  Southeast then scored on its first play from scrimmage in OT, when Hunter Johnson ran the ball 10-yards into the end zone to seal the win.

Quite a contrast from Thursday night, when Southeast had 15 yards rushing before the game was called.  Norfolk's defense was solid and stopped the Knight ground game at the point of attack.  The Panthers picked off three of Gifford's passes. 

Norfolk also didn't have sophomore quarterback Gunner Fuelberth, who was sidelined because of a shoulder injury.  Chase Hopper took over at quarterback.

One record was set in the two-day game, Norfolk's Jacob Hjorth became the Class A record holder for career receptions with 114 on his first catch for seven yards Thursday evening.  Hjorth had two touchdowns in the game Thursday night and had one catch for nine yards on Saturday.
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