Sacred Heart rode a strong first half to a 33-12 Homecoming victory Friday night over in county rival Southeast of Saline.
For the second week in a row the Knights scored on their first play from scrimmage when Jr. quarterback Nick Wuthnow faked a pitch and then raced 71 yards to put the Knights up 7-0 only 16 seconds into the game.
The Trojans wasted little time answering that score as they took a little over two minutes to march down the field ending their drive with a 5-yard touchdown run from their Sr. signal caller Keenan Breen. The Southeast kick for the PAT was wide and the score remain 7 to 6. That was the closest the Trojans would get as Sacred Heart proceeded to reel off 26 straight first half points.
The Knights second TD came with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter when Wuthnow gunned a pass into the end zone that was snagged in spectacular fashion by Jr. tight end Tate Richards.
The Trojans ensuing drive ended on a “pick 6” by Sr. DB Andrew LaValley.
In the second quarter Sr. tailback Drew Diederich scored on runs of 2 and 70 yards to put the Knights up 33 to 6 at the intermission.
Seniors Ryan Krajicek and Kaley Erickson were crowned 2012 Homecoming King and Queen at halftime.
With a steady rain falling during the entire second half, neither offense was able to do much until Southeast’s Sr. wide receiver Cody Smith galloped 75 yards on an end around with 5:22 left in the game for the last score of the evening.
It was a big win for Sacred Heart, now 6 and 1 on the year, at several levels. Homecoming, arch rival, first win against Southeast for 3rd year Knight head coach Bruce Graeber and it keeps alive the possibility of a second place finish in the NCAA. However, the biggest impact of the win comes at the District level. It sets up the game next Friday night at Ellsworth for all the District’s marbles. Ellsworth moved to 5 and 2 on the season with a win over Lyons. So, the winner of this coming Friday’s game will win the District, finish second in the league and guarantee itself at least one home play-off game.