Lincoln Southeast went back to the basics in Tuesday's Class A championship game against Omaha Burke -- hard nosed running, pounding the rock, wearing out the opposing defense, whatever you want to call it, it worked as the Knights took down #1 Omaha Burke 21-9 Tuesday night to claim the school's ninth state championship.
You would have thought the Knights would have started off slow if you've seen some of the games this season, but it was in the second half where they showed the persistence to never give up, to never let up no matter what the scoreboard showed.
The success for the Knights started up front on a solid, yet proven offensive line. When so much had been said about how good Omaha Burke was on the year, coming in with an undefeated 12-0 record, averaging 40 points per game, Lincoln Southeast was out to prove something completely different.
The rushing attack was led by Devin Washington who carried the ball 35 times for 214 yards. What was even more impressive for Washington - he didn't even record a touchdown. Washington who entered Tuesday's championship game with 1,693 yards and 22 touchdowns saw significant carries, but that's nothing new for Mr. Washington.
For Washington and the Lincoln Southeast Knights, there was a lot of hard work and in the state championship final, they proved why they are among the best in the state, and why they are at the head of the Class A ranks.