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  • Lancers open districts with win over Riverton

  • The Southeast Lancers (6-1) started district play on a good note with their 48-22 victory over the Riverton Rams (4-3).

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  • The Southeast Lancers (6-1) started district play on a good note with their 48-22 victory over the Riverton Rams (4-3).
    The Lancers started strong at the first of the game with senior quarterback Josh Thompson working his way down the field with small runs in the first three minutes of the game finally scoring with a 33-yard pass to sophomore Ryan Rakestraw.
    The Rams quickly and effectively responded immediately after the Southeast score with a hurry-up offense. Chandler Underhill and Greyson Spriggs led the drive with strong runs and quick passes eventually ending with Jake Neal’s five-yard touchdown run at 5:06, tying Southeast and Riverton 7-7.
    The Lancers retained the ball for four minutes but their long drive fell short ending with an incomplete pass from Thompson. The Rams took over with 59 seconds left in the quarter and kept possession until Daniel Peak intercepted a pass from Underhill and returned it 62 yards for a Lancer touchdown at 10:25 left in the second quarter.
    The Rams came back struggling on their next drive, fumbling the ball to be recovered by the Lancers; however, the Rams received a chance to redeem themselves as Thompson lost control of the ball on the first play of their drive with the Rams recovering. The Rams were enthused and went on a long five-minute drive, converting on fourth down twice.
    After 14 plays, the Rams were able to score with 5:02 left in the second quarter.
    The Lancers were able to respond with another touchdown pass from Thompson to Rakestraw with 48 seconds left in the half, leaving the Lancers with a slight 21-14 lead over the Rams at halftime.
    After the half, the Rams’ momentum seemed to slow down. They were unable to contain the Lancers and keep them from scoring again halfway through the third quarter and were unable to score again themselves until the end of the third quarter with Underhill making another goal-line run and a two-point conversion to top off the series with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter. The Lancers were able to keep the following drive going until eventually scoring only 4 seconds into the fourth quarter which comforted the Lancers as they furthered their 35-22 lead over the Rams.
    The Lancers prevented Riverton from scoring again for the remainder of the game, eventually scoring twice more themselves with Thompson throwing a 17-yard pass to Rakestraw with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter and Caleb Biancarelli intercepting and returning another of Underhill’s throws for a three yard touchdown return nearly a minute later. The Rams tried making something out of their final drive on offense, however, their chances of scoring diminished when Underhill threw his third interception of the night and the Lancers kept the ball until eventually taking a knee and ending the game. Southeast head football coach Clint Rider feels that his team’s early success in the game gave them an advantage over the Rams.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Our offensive line has been undershadowed this year,” Rider said. “We wanted to drive them tonight as much as we could, and we were able to have success early on because of them. Those kids blocked their tails off.”
    Rider and his team of Lancers also feel relieved that Chandler Underhill was not able to effectively pass last night as the secondary defenders “really stepped up.”
    “I think they had a very good gameplan,” Rider said. “We were worried about their passing game; the Underhill kid does a great job of passing the ball. The (Riverton) coaches do a great job with play calling and fortunately Coach Pittman was able to make some adjustments for our defense.”
    The Lancers (6-1, 1-0 Class 3A, District 8) will make their way to Galena next week for their next district game.

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