There are three or four 2A teams in the state that are probably capable of winning a state title and Southeastern will play two of them this year.
The first meeting with a contender didn’t go well as visiting Southeastern saw Tanner score 35 first-quarter points and roll to a 70-0 victory.
Junior quarterback Chadarius Townsend, an Alabama commitment, returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and later added a 58-yard touchdown pass.
Tanner got touchdowns from all three phases of the game – offense, defense, and special teams – in building a 49-0 halftime lead.
Southeastern put together a promising drive in the second half but the Mustangs were held to 35 yards of total offense – 13 passing, 22 rushing – and just four first downs.
The Rattlers forced four turnovers and returned three of them – two interceptions and a fumble – for touchdowns.
Seth Wadsworth completed 2 of 12 passing for 13 yards and was intercepted twice for the Mustangs.
Brad Leever led the Southeastern defense with six tackles, including two for loss. Conner Barton had four tackles, one for loss, and Brandon Jones had three tackles and a pass break-up.
The Mustangs (1-6 overall, 0-4 in 2A Region 6) host Falkville (7-0, 4-0) this week.