LINCOLN — Millard South didn't give up a touchdown in its 28-20 victory Friday over top-ranked Lincoln Southeast until the fourth quarter.
All the Knights mustered in falling behind 21-6 were a pair of field goals.
“Even field goals were victories,” Millard South coach Andy Means said, “because we didn't let them in the end zone.
“We really worried about what Devin Washington could do, and their receivers are so good.”
The No. 3 Patriots (2-1) held Washington, a returning All-Nebraska running back, to 75 yards and no touchdowns. Southeast quarterback Najee Jackson threw for 238 yards, but 104 came in the final period while trying to rally the Knights (2-1).
A Seacrest Field crowd of 2,993 fans, on the 50th anniversary of the first game played at the stadium, saw the end of Southeast's 13-game winning streak.
“We're confident we can fix the things that need to be fixed,” Knights coach Ryan Gottula said. “All the goals we want to achieve are still out there.”
Millard South pounded his team for 273 yards rushing and 398 overall. Bennie Olson, pressed into extended service because of a shoulder injury to Quentin Williams in the second quarter, ran for a game-high 128 yards and two touchdowns.
“This feels good,” Olson said. “They beat us in the playoffs last year and it hurt the rest of us to see how sad the seniors were after that game.”
Southeast at times could not get Millard South's offense off the field. It gave up three touchdown drives of 10 plays or more.
“We have to do a better job of stopping the run,” Gottula said. “We didn't make the plays and Millard South did.”
Southeast made the game interesting in the final three minutes after falling behind 28-13. The Knights' Dylan Ernst recovered a punt that hit a Millard South player in the foot, then Jackson went to Desmond Robinson on a post pattern for a 49-yard touchdown with 2:40 left.
While Southeast's onside kick went out of bounds, Millard South needed a first down to run out the clock. Olson did the honors with a 13-yard pickup on third-and-5.
Millard South threw the Knights in catch-up mode after scoring on its first possession of the game. A 12-play, 80-yard drive, after Southeast missed a 25-yard field goal, ended with Williams scoring from the 2 with 4:50 left in the opening quarter.
A punt from midfield and an interception by Southeast junior Luke Gifford ended the Patriots' next two possessions, but 270-pound Millard South defensive tackle Freeman Coleman forced and recovered a fumble at the Knights' 27 to set up the Patriots' next score.
They needed two plays, a 17-yard run by Sam Reinhardt and then a 10-yard touchdown run from Olson as he cut back on a jet play and went in untouched.
Lukas Gilliland's 35-yard field goal avoided a scoreless half for the Knights. He also made a 40-yarder in the third quarter.
Millard South took a 21-6 lead in the third quarter as Ryan DeVries scored from the 15 on an 80-yard drive in which starting quarterback Anthony Cloyd didn't throw a pass.
Jackson's sneak, which ended a 72-yard drive for Southeast, made it 21-13. Millard South's ensuing 10-play drive, helped by a penalty on third-and-1 at the Knights 10 for Southeast having 12 men on the field, ended with Olson scoring from the 3.
Millard South (2-1)..........................7 7 7 7—28
Lincoln Southeast (2-1).....................0 3 3 14—20
At Seacrest Field
MS: Quentin Williams 2 run (Scott Botkin kick)
MS: Bennie Olson 10 run (Botkin kick)
LSE: FG Lukas Gilliland 35
LSE: FG Gilliland 40
MS: Ryan DeVries 15 run (Botkin kick)
LSE: Jackson 1 run (Gilliland kick)
MS: Olson 3 run (Botkin kick)
LSE: Desmond Robinson 49 pass from Jackson (Gilliland kick)
RUSHING: MS, Olson 24-128, DeVries 6-36, team 1-minus 9, Anthony Cloyd 11-61, Sam Reinhardt 3-30, Williams 5-27. LSE, Devin Washington 22-75, Jackson 7-23, Darian Trout-Brown 1-minus 3, Derek Harris 3-8, Robinson 1-4.
PASSING: MS, Cloyd 11-13-1 125. SE, Jackson 11-25-0 238.
RECEIVING: MS, Will Beard 2-51, Zach Schmidt 5-47, DeVries 2-14, Olson 1-2, Williams 1-11. SE, Robinson 5-96, Devonte Madlock 3-107, Brady Blazek 1-13, Jordan Ackerman 1-28, Harris 1-minus 6.
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