SHOSHONI – The Southeast High School football team scored 25 unanswered points Friday evening in a 25-6 win over the Shoshoni Wranglers in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A playoffs.
“The kids played well, but holy smokes, we had run the kickoff and four offensive plays and had three holding calls already,” coach Mark Bullington said. “I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Southeast was flagged 13 times for 135 yards, while Shoshoni was flagged 14 times for 80 yards.
As a result, it was hard for the Cyclones to get into any type of rhythm.
“It just wasn’t a shining game,” Bullington said. “It was chippy and people were pushing and shoving. The officials never got a handle on things.”
Shoshoni struck first in the opening quarter, but on the ensuing drive, the Cyclones managed to tie it up with a 66-yard pass completion from quarterback Hayden Anderson to Tate Carson.
Over the next three quarters, the Cyclones found the end zone at least once in each frame.
In the second, it was Ryan Clapper who broke one for 12 yards, while he scored again in the third with a 15-yard run.
In the final quarter, sophomore Cord Herring, who replaced Anderson who was ejected from the game on what Bullington described as a “questionable call, connected with Bodie Herring for a 12-yard score.
In the end, the Cyclones outgained Shoshoni 378-231.
Clapper rushed for 144 yards on 21 attempts, while Anderson completed three of his eight passes.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cord Herring recorded a team-high 4.5 tackles, while Brock Blevins tallied two stops for a loss.
Now the attention turns to the Big Horn Rams in the semifinal round of the Class 1A playoffs.
“We saw some things. They have some holes, but they are sound,” Bullington said. “They hit four bombs on us where we didn’t have any coverage. We have to take care of that.”
Southeast will have to play without its starting quarterback.
“We’ll have to get creative with our offense without our quarterback,” Bullington said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Big Horn.