It might have been a tense moment for the crowd at Southeast and even for some of the players, but not for Southeast Junior High head football coach Mike Bowman.

It might have been a tense moment for the crowd at Southeast and even for some of the players, but not for Southeast Junior High head football coach Mike Bowman.
Down 12-8 with 36 seconds left, the Lancers were facing a fourth down when quarterback Bryce Burdette hit Josh Thompson for a 69-yard touchdown pass giving the Lancers a 16-12 win, to cap a perfect 7-0 season in eighth-grade football.
“I wasn’t very nervous because these guys talked all year long about picking things up,” Bowman said.
The Lancers took an 8-0 lead into halftime when Burdette took a 5-yard option run in for a touchdown with 3:29 left in the second quarter.
Girard took their first possession down to the Southeast 24 before they fumbled back to the 27.
Anthony Scholes completed a halfback pass to Nicholas George down to the 1 which set up Scholes running for a 2-yard touchdown run two plays later.
Scholes fumbled on the two-point conversion to keep the Lancers up 8-6.
“I thought that we had a chance at them if we grinded out with the ball,” said Girard head coach Jeff Leslie.
The Trojans regained possession after Logan Franklin sacked Burdette on fourth down, turning the ball over on downs at the Girard 28 with 7:14 left in the game.
On their ensuing possession, Scholes took a 6-yard run on third and four then, on their second third down of the drive, Scholes grinded out a 6-yard run into Lancer territory on the 47.
The Lancer defense came up big on the next play when Austin Lovewell tackled Girard quarterback Trenton Stolte for a 3-yard loss.
After a Girard timeout, Scholes broke open for a 50-yard touchdown run to put the Trojans up 12-6 with 3:37 left in the game.
On their next possession, Burdette put up three incomplete passes, including a pass that was almost intercepted by George.
Nick Prager sacked Burdette on fourth down to turn but a incidental face mask kept the ball in Southeast’s hands.
Burdette threw another incomplete pass and an unsportsmanlike penalty on Southeast saw an assistant coach ejected from the game.
“It did get a little emotional but you have to keep the kids in the game,” Bowman said.
Girard came away with nothing on their possession giving Southeast the ball back in their own territory.
On their first play, Prager picked up his second sack on Burdette for a 10-yard loss.
Then, Burdette threw an incomplete pass to Daniel Peak.
The Lancers then called timeout with :40  on the clock.
Out of the timeout was when Burdette hooked up with Thompson on the 69-yard touchdown pass, giving the Lancers the win ... and the perfect season.
“When we got together and called that last play, Josh (Thompson) did not hesitate to say what route he was going to run,” Bowman said. “He just had that look in his eye and I didn’t even have to call the last play.”
It marks the first undefeated team at Southeast since 1977 according to Bowman.
“We only won two games last year and what is nice is that were three games we had to come back and win,” Bowman said.
For Girard, it was a matter of what could have been.
“I am really proud of the young men and how hard they fought,” Leslie said. “They represented their school and the town of Girard very well tonight.”
Girard ended its season with a 3-4 mark.

Girard 7th wins
The Girard seventh-grade football team got two touchdowns from Caleb Egbert — including a 70-yard kickoff return for a score — to knock off Southeast 30-12 in the seventh-grade game Tuesday night.
Egbert started the opening drive for the Trojans with a 30-yard touchdown run then Ben Hall found a hole for a 70-yard touchdown run for the Lancers.
That is when Egbert found a seam for his 70-yard kickoff return.

Panthers defeat Vikes
ARMA — The St. Mary’s Panthers took a 12-0 lead into halftime behind a 5-yard run from Conner Dayton in the first quarter and a 1-yard score from Dyson Dechant before the end of the first half to propel the Panthers to a 20-0 win over Northeast on Tuesday.
The Panthers sealed the game in the second half when Luke Marquardt connected with Dechant on a 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to give St. Mary’s the 20-0 lead.
The Panthers end their season with a 1-6 mark while Northeast finishes 0-7.

Dragon freshmen fall
The Pittsburg High School freshmen football team got a 1-yard touchdown run from Brent Koehn on their first drive of the ball game Tuesday but gave up 22 unanswered to fall 22-6 to Carl Junction at Hutchinson Field.
The Dragons concluded their season with a 7-1 mark.

Raiders top Baxter
BAXTER SPRINGS — For the second consecutive game, Frontenac Junior High fielded a stifling defense and the Raiders defeated the Baxter Springs Lions 45-0 Tuesday night in Baxter Springs.
Taylor Smithson opened the night's scoring with a 9-yard run. The two-point conversion was no good. John Murray recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Raiders capitalized with a Taylor Johnson 5-yard touchdown run. Smithson added the two-point conversion with a run up the middle.
Matt Standlee hit Ross Edge for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead.
Frontenac got the ball with 1 minute left in the half and Standlee connected with Nick Zafuta on a 50-yard strike to go into intermission with a 27-0 lead.
Murray recovered a second fumble in the third quarter to again to give Raiders a short field and Smithson scored on the next play with a punishing 20-yard run. He got his 3rd rushing touchdown later in the quarter.
Kolton Crystal scored Frontenac’s 7th touchdown when he broke up an errant Baxter pitch attempt and rumbled 30-yards in the 4th quarter.
Frontenac closed its season with a record of 6-1 and second-place in the league. Head coach Jeremy Rakes said he was very pleased with this year's team. "This season was a total team effort. This was a great bunch of kids to work with. Their attitudes and work ethic was great."

Stephen Wade contributed to this report.