Gebhardt lights up Lions as No. 1 Trojans go 3-0

By Tyler Henry
Contributor Salina Post

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All eyes were on Minneapolis tonight as the Lions hosted Southeast Saline in the only 2A game across the state to put two teams 2-0.

Despite all the pre-game hype, the game was over before it really started as Cameron Witte kicked the opener 78 yards from home to put the Trojans in the top 8 -0 less than 15 seconds after the start of the match.

“We really set the tone with our special teams to start the game,” said SES head coach Mitch Gebhardt. We have two 2-0 teams coming here to play and we did. When you start a game this way, you know good things are going to happen.

Good things actually happened for the Trojans, who wasted no time in cracking down on the Lions defensively as Danny Kejr knocked out Ryan Parks on his first passing attempt of the game.

In a flash, Southeast walked down the field and hit a touchdown from Gebhardt to Gebhardt as Luke found Jake from the edge of the red zone to give SES a 16-point lead with 8:11 left in the first.

With all the momentum in favor of the visitors, many would have expected a gloomy scene in Minneapolis, but the purple and white came out strong in what almost looked like a Trojan home game.

“The road support from our fans means a lot and we see it,” Gebhardt said. “This community has always followed its teams well and it’s exciting to see so many people in the stands like that.”

SES ensured this game would be a rout in record time, holding a 24-0 lead after the first quarter and a 51-0 advantage at halftime, giving the University starters a start to the evening.

The Trojan secondary didn’t allow a full pass all night, limiting the Lions to just 14 total rushing yards in the first half and just 88 for the entire game.

Offensively, SES looked just as good, as Luke Gebhardt racked up for over 200 yards and four touchdowns through the air to add 32 and a score on the ground.

The Southeast has now beaten Minneapolis in each of the last three seasons by a combined score of 133-16, completely shutting out the Lions in the last two matchups.

With Madison losing to Lebo elsewhere in the state tonight, the Trojans now hold the second-longest active regular-season winning streak in any division, and will look to extend that to 20 games next week.

The Trojans will complete their three-game road trip to Halstead next Friday when they take on the Dragons 1-2.

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