The LSE Hawks football team had the perfect ending to the season Saturday while hosting Sedalia Smith-Cotton at the BHS Sports Complex.
After watching the White team fall to Lady of Lourdes 34-14, the LSE Hawks Blue team came back and blanked the Smith-Cotton Tigers by a score of 13-0.
The Blue team closed out the season at 4-2 overall while the White team dropped to 2-4.
LSE coach Jeff Francis said the Hawks Blue team set the tempo early by a strong defense. “We took over on offense and marched down the field and scored on a Nick Zeitlow touchdown, and then we continued to play strong defense and the offense matriculated the ball down the field and scored again on a KeAndre Anderson plunge,” Francis said. “The second half was a battle of defenses and the LSE Hawks won that battle. The coaching staff is very proud of these young men. Throughout the whole season they practiced hard and learned to play the high school offense and defense.”
The Hawks scored all 13 points in the first half while hitting paydirt on a run by eighth grade quarterback Nick Zeitlow in the first quarter. Then, after holding Smith-Cotton scoreless for the first-two quarters, LSE came back and hit paydirt in the second quarter on a run by KeAndre Anderson and extra point by Hunter Edwards.
Kole Ficken led the rushing attack for LSE with 11 carries for 70 yards. Nick Zeitlow finished the game with 11 carries for 61 yards while Wyatt Grizzle added three carries for 46 yards, Weston Fahrenbrink two for 30, Remington Hammers two for 4, KeAndre Anderson two for 3 and Jared Edler one for 3.
Zeitlow also completed 6 of 7 passes for 45 yards.
Gabe Kaiser was the leading receiver in the game with one catch for 20 yards while Makiah Waibel added two for 10, Giovanni Strickland one for 10 and Kole Ficken two for 5.
On the defensive side of the ball, Remington Hammers led the Hawks attack with two solo stops and 10 assisted tackles.
Gabe Rumbaoa finished the game with two solo stops and six assisted tackles while Gabe Kaiser added two solo stops and four assisted tackles, KeAndre Anderson with three solo stops and two assisted tackles, Giovanni Strickland with two solo stops and two assisted tackles, Kole Ficken with four assisted tackles, Wyatt Grizzle with two solo stops and one assisted tackle, Weston Fahrenbrink with three assisted tackles, Makiah Waibel and Lucas Gerke each with two solo stops, Dee Sharp with two assisted tackles and Adam Edler, Nick Zeitlow, Ryan Witting, Hunter Edwards, Sam Wiser, Landon Bail and Alex Byrne each with one assisted tackle apiece.
As for the LSE Hawks White team, they trailed 28-0 at the half and 34-14 after three quarters of play.
Francis said the White team played a tough 7/8 combo team from Columbia but the players never quit and always had to fight to the last second.
“Columbia’s defense came out and set the tempo with their blitz schemes and we had difficulties picking it up,” Francis said. “Our defense came up with some big plays by forcing five turnovers. Alex Breshears capitalized by returning an interception for a touchdown. The coaching staff is very proud of these young men and anticipate bigger gains next year as they will have more experience and talent.”
Jaylen Butner led all rushers in the game for LSE with nine carries for 91 yards and one touchdown while Ben Eichelberger had three carries for 10 yards, Don Hammers three carries for 6 yards, Avery Reardon two carries for 4 yards and Ethan Waibel one carry for 1 yard.
Avery Reardon, meanwhile, completed 6 of 8 passes in the game for 91 yards.
Skyler Blumhorst had three catches for 45 yards while Dakota Bishop added one for 25 yards, Gabe Fenton one for 20 yards and Jaylen Butner one for 1 yard.
On defense, Alex Breshears had four solo stops, three assisted tackles and two interceptions for the Hawks White team.
Jaylen Butner finished the game with two solo stops, four assisted tackles and one interception while Don Hammers added two solo stops, five assisted tackles and one interception, Ben Eichelberger with two solo stops and four assisted tackles, Avery Reardon with three solo stops and two assisted tackles, Ben Horst with four assisted tackles, Skler Blumhorst with three assisted tackles, Christian Kosnopfal with two solo stops and two assisted tackles, Alan Swires with two solo stops, Josh Teter, Gabe Fenton, Dakota Bishop, Koby Abel, Chad Northern and Bryan Imhoff each with two assisted tackles, Luke Rehagen, Joel Concannon and Dennis Amie with one solo stop each and Ethan Waibel, Derrel Hurt, Jacob Bailey, Daniel Meyer and Tyler Weixeldorfer with one assisted tackle apiece.
Dakota Bishop also had one interception in the game for LSE.