SENECA _ Southeast of Saline got an elusive postseason win on Friday night and in the process, set up a rematch from one of its most exciting games during the 2018 regular season.
The Trojans scored all of their points in the first half and let the defense do the work the rest of the way in a 26-13 victory over Nemaha Central. The win in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs was the first postseason victory for Southeast since 2006.
With the win, Southeast improves to 8-1 and moves on to face Riley County in next week's 2A regional at Riley. The Trojans defeated Riley County in district play, rallying from a 21-0 deficit for a 23-21 victory. The Falcons (7-2) opened the playoffs Friday night with a 45-0 victory over Riverside.
The win also enabled Southeast to get to eight wins in a season for the first time since 2011, which was head coach Mitch Gebhardt's second season leading the Trojans.
"I want our kids to enjoy this," Gebhardt said after the contest. "It is pretty cool to get a playoff win."
Southeast took the lead less than two minutes into the game on a 20-yard Jaxson Gebhardt to Tyler Breeding touchdown pass. A 8-yard Bryant Banks touchdown run and the second extra-point kick from Aaron Kitchener extended the lead to 14-0 in the opening quarter.
Gebhardt and Banks each had touchdown runs in the second quarter _ Gebhardt 25 yards, Banks for 1 yard _ to extend the lead to 26-0.
The Southeast defense got a stop deep in its own territory to end the first half with the Trojans leading 26-7, and later got an interception in the end zone to stop another Nemaha Central drive.
"The offense was rolling at the start and then our defense took over," coach Gebhardt said.
Banks finished with 62 yards rushing and Gebhardt had 55. Gebhardt also completed 12 of 17 passes for 150 yards, with Breeding making two catches for 56 yards and Nick Montgomery had three for 54 yards.