Cyclones knock off Saratoga

Mike Armstrong/Saratoga Sun Southeast senior Brant Fullmer (2) looks for a way around a pair of Saratoga defenders Friday evening. Fullmer scored three rushing touchdowns in a 27-12 win over the Panthers.

SARATOGA – The Southeast High School football team remained unbeaten Friday evening with a 27-12 road win over the Saratoga Panthers.

The game included a first for the Coaches and Media Poll top-ranked Cyclones in 2020 – having to play from behind.

Saratoga drove 60 yards on their opening drive to take a 6-0 lead, but the Panther lead was short-lived.

Southeast had a 60-yard drive of its own, but it took the Cyclones only three plays for senior running back Brant Fullmer to break free on an 18-yard scamper to the end zone. Senior kicker Durward Randall added the point after, giving the Southeast a 7-6 lead with 7:32 left in the quarter.

The Panther’s next drive chewed up the remainder of the quarter and spilled into the early moments of the second quarter before Saratoga punched the score in from 4-yards out.

Just like the first quarter, the Cyclones answered with a score of their own.

With 7:35 remaining in the first half, Fullmer rushed 10 yards for his second score of the game. Randall added the point after, and Southeast never trailed again for the remainder of the contest.

Four minutes later, it was Fullmer again. This time it was a 7-yard run.

The score remained 20-12 through the rest of the half and through the third quarter.

With 4:29 left in the game, junior running back Cord Herring put the game out of reach with a 12-yard run.

Fullmer and Herring rushed for 99 yards, combining for all four of Southeast’s scores. Senior quarterback Hayden Anderson was 7-of-13 for 86 yards. Senior tight end Bodie Herring caught two passes for 37 yards, while Cord Herring hauled in three for 36 yards.

Senior defensive back Reece Robertson led the Cyclones with seven tackles, including one for a loss. Senior lineman Sawyer Anderson recorded six stops.

The Cyclones are back at home Friday afternoon against the No. 3-ranked Niobrara County Tigers, who are coming off a 60-52 loss to No. 2-ranked Mountain View. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Teeters Memorial Field in Yoder.


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