Southeast wins second straight in 42-18 victory

YODER – The Southeast High School football team won its second straight game on Friday evening in the team’s home opener for the 2022 season.

After a nearly 30-minute weather delay, the Cyclones and the Moorcroft Wolves were able to finally kick off, and when the final horn sounded, Southeast topped the visitors 42-18.

After each team had punted on their opening possessions, a muffed punt gave the Cyclones great field position at the Moorcroft 22-yard line.

After the drive went backwards for a couple of plays, sophomore quarterback Ayden Desmond found junior receiver Matthew Chapman for a 31-yard touchdown. The two-point try failed, but Southeast forced another Wolve punt, and with 1:58 left in the opening quarter, Desmond broke free for a 60-yard score on an option-keeper.

The Cyclone defense forced Moorcroft to punt for the third time in the opening quarter with just seconds left on the clock.

Southeast found the end zone again with 8:37 left before halftime on a Desmond to senior Wyatt Campbell 13-yard completion to take a 20-0 lead.

Over the remainder of the game, Southeast got additional scores from senior Austin Short on a 32-yard field goal and a 38-yard reception. Chapman scored on a 31-yard run in the third quarter, while Cole Sauer had a 44-yard touchdown catch.

In all, Desmond threw five passes and four of them went for touchdowns.

Despite the win, coach Mark Bullington said there are still things the team needs to do better.

“We still have a lot of things to work on. I wasn’t real pleased with our blocking and our tackling,” he said. “Our ends are doing a better job. When they passed, he’s not a big kid, we thought we could get some pressure on him. I thought we played a little better on defense.”

Southeast (2-1 overall and 2-0 in the 9-Man East) travels to Lusk to face Niobrara County (1-2 and 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.

“They have a new coach, but they pretty much run the same stuff. They will run downhill and smack you pretty good. It’ll be the same ol’ Lusk,” Bullington said. “We just have to get better every week. That’s the big thing.”