The Southeast-Cherokee Lancers’ junior high football team tagged the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers with their only loss of the Crawford-Cherokee Counties Junior League season, 30-6, as Lancers quarterback Jayce Burdette passed for four touchdowns and ran for another.

The Southeast-Cherokee Lancers’ junior high football team tagged the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers with their only loss of the Crawford-Cherokee Counties Junior League season, 30-6, as Lancers quarterback Jayce Burdette passed for four touchdowns and ran for another.

Finishing its campaign with a 4-2 record, Southeast scored first on a 30-yard pass from Burdette to Jarod Watson, after which Colgan found success on a 10-yard run by Austin Commons with 6:01 left in the first half.

Colgan copped the CCC League title with a 5-1 campaign while Southeast tied for second place with Frontenac and Girard.

The Lancers tallied the third touchdown of the Tuesday game in Pittsburg on Burdette’s 95-yard toss to Ryan Rakestraw with 37 seconds remaining in the half, and the Burdette-to-Rakestraw combination worked for TDs over 20 and 10 yards in the third period.

The quarterback got the last points of the contest on a 1-yard dive with 5:16 left in the game.

“We lost our first two games, but then the kids started flying around defensively and making big hits,” said Southeast Assistant Coach Nick Cheney Thursday. “Jayce also played middle linebacker and was a leader on both sides of the ball. We threw a lot more than we ran, and Phillip Underwood was one of his primary receivers.”

Colgan coach Mike Watt said the Panthers were disappointed to lose their last game but were happy with the league championship. “What made us competitive was that we were versatile,” Watt said.

“We could run and throw, and we excelled on special teams. We did a lot of the little things well, which adds up to big things.”

Burdette completed seven of 11 passes for 177 yards. Southeast’s Caleb Biancarelli was named the Lancers’ defensive player of the game.