YODER – The Southeast High School football team won its second straight game on Friday night with a win over the Saratoga Panthers.
Southeast jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter en route to a 48-16 victory.
Senior quarterback Grant Logsdon put the Cyclones on the scoreboard with a 5-yard keeper, while senior running back Ryan Clapper added the two-point conversion.
On the first defensive stand for Southeast, the Cyclones forced a turnover on downs close to midfield, and Clapper made the Panthers pay with a one-play drive on a 48-yard run, leading to a 14-0 Southeast advantage.
The teams traded possessions to end the first quarter into the second quarter, but Clapper put an end to that with a pick-six, extending the Southeast lead to 21-0.
On the ensuing Saratoga drive, the Panthers chewed up nearly eight minutes, crossing the goal line on a 4-yard pass with 31 seconds left before halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Southeast forced the second Panther turnover of the game, and once again, the Cyclones made the visitors pay for the mistake.
Senior running back Cord Herring punched the ball across the goal line for a touchdown.
It was the first of three consecutive touchdowns for the Southeast. Logsdon connected with junior receiver Austin Short for a 51-yard pass with 4:38 left in the third quarter, while Clapper added his third score of the game with 11:17 to play in the game.
With the score 41-8, Saratoga put its final points on the scoreboard with 8:53 left in the game.
However, Southeast wasn’t done with its scoring with a 20-yard run from Herring.
Clapper led the Cyclone offense with 168 yards on 15 carries, while Herring added 66 yards on nine tries. Logsdon was 3-of-7 passing for 87 yards. Short was Logsdon’s top target with three receptions for 74 yards.
Defensively, Herring tallied eight tackles, including six solo stops. Junior Wyatt Campbell added 7.5 stops.
Southeast (3-3 overall and 2-2 in the 9-Man East) travels to Lusk (4-2 and 3-1) on Friday in a rematch of last season’s 9-Man state championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.