The Southeastern Mustangs and Appalachian Eagles played great defense for a half before getting into a mini shoot-out in the second half. In the end, it was the Mustangs who thrilled the big homecoming crowd with a 33-20 victory last Friday night.
Southeastern led 6-0 at the half after a defensive stand at the end of the second quarter that was keyed by pass break-ups by Brandon Jones and Austin Pearson.
The Mustang lead was 20-7 after three quarters and each offense put up a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Each offense put up good numbers. Southeastern had 268 yards – 209 on the ground; 59 through the air – while Appalachian finished with 375 yards – 177 on the ground; 198 through the air.
Brandon Reese led the Eagles, completing 17 of 32 passing for 198 yards and rushing for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 25 attempts.
Dylan Payne had 54 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for 36 yards.
Trey Calvert caught four passes for 75 yards and Blake Gladden had three catches for 40 yards.
Gavin Koger led the Eagle defense with seven tackles, including two for loss. Payne had seven tackles, one for loss. Ryan Mynes and Austin Ellis had six tackles each. Ellis and Skylar Roberts each had a sack.
Southeastern got big games from Pearson – 11 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns – and Mauris Zamora – 12 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Brad Atkinson competed 2 of 4 passing for 59 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown to Brandon Jones.
Zamora led the Mustangs with 16 tackles, three for loss, and a sack. Jones had 12 tackles and four pass break-ups.
Austin Cates, playing defensive end for the first time, had a pair of quarterback sacks.
Southeastern (2-4) is off this week while Appalachian (0-5, 0-3) travels to Winterboro (2-3, 1-2).