Usually starting off slow has been the theme for the Lincoln Southeast Knights, but they were out to prove something completely different in Tuesday's Class A state championship, a 21-9 win over #1 and undefeated Omaha Burke.
Devin Washington totaled 214 yards for Lincoln Southeast on 35 carries and he did that without scoring a touchdown.
Najee Jackson completed 7 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns to help the Knights secure the state championship win - a win that the Southeast faithful will not soon forget.
The Knights came out of the gate and on the first play of the opening drive of the game, Southeast quarterback Najee Jackson found Desmond Robinson for a 59 yard touchdown pass putting the Knights up 7-0 in just 14 seconds.
Omaha Burke answered when Hayden Guy kicked a 32 yard field goal cutting into the Southeast lead at 7-3. The Bulldogs took their one and only lead of the game on a 5 yard run by Carson Collins, giving Omaha Burke a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter after the extra point attempt failed, which would have given Burke a three-point lead.
The Knights regained the lead on a 34 yard touchdown connection from Najee Jackson to Sam Cotton, putting the score at 14-9 in favor of Southeast at the half.
Levi Gilbert added to the Southeast total in the third quarter, rushing for 5 yards and giving the Knights a 21-9 lead that would eventually be the final score.
In the game where the Southeast offense was explosive, Southeast defensive coordinator Doug Miller dialed up quite possibly the best defensive performance of the year, holding Omaha Burke to just 9 points, an Omaha Burke offense that averaged just over 40 points per game coming into Tuesday's championship final.
When the Southeast offense kept scoring and built a 12 point lead, the Southeast defense was unrelenting, forcing two crucial fumbles in the fourth quarter helping the Knights preserve the win. The most impressive stop came when Burke had the ball and quarterback Zachary Cook found Jordan Nelson for a 34 yard pass down to the Southeast 2 yard line.
After that play, it seemed that the score would get even closer and Omaha Burke would stay in contention of the Knights, until the next play when Nelson rushed for a 1 yard play.
Southeast's Christian Boehm forced a fumble and Boehm recovered the ball in the end zone, giving the Knights the ball at the 20 yard line following the touchback.
To cap off the night, what might just be the most impressive stat for Lincoln Southeast was the fact the Knights secured 404 total yards on just 59 total plays.