Southeast Warren is targeting fifth straight win as he prepares for a balanced Montezuma attack | Sports

(Lacona) – KMAland 8 Player No. 5 Southeast Warren Football has come back from a loss in the opening week with four wins in a row.

The Warhawks started the year with a 42-20 loss to KMA State No. 4 WACO, Wayland but have since had victories over Audubon, Mormon Trail, Martensdale-St. Marys and Seymour. Coach Shane Rowlands’ side have beaten their last four opponents by 226-54.

“We are pleased with our development so far,” said Rowlands. “But we have to get better at the little things.”

In hindsight, Rowlands feels his team’s opening bout with WACO, Wayland was a wake-up call, particularly on defense.

“I think we have a better understanding of what we need to do defensively,” he said. “WACO used a few things against us.”

Southeast Warren found some offensive success in this game. Especially on the ground where they had 228 yards and three points.

“The success in the ground game against them lets us know that this can be a focus for the future,” Rowlands said.

Their ground game has answered the call in the last four games with 232.25 yards per contest.

Sophomore Trey Fisher leads the stable with 466 yards and nine touchdowns, while senior Logan Montgomery has 332 yards and seven scores. Quarterback Landon Harvey also contributes to the ground game with 119 yards and five touchdowns. Harvey has also thrown for 414 yards and six points.

Harvey, Fisher and Montgomery had plenty of varsity experience this season, and it showed.

“The experience helps,” Rowlands said. “You know everything we’re trying to do. You put everyone on the same page.”

The Warhawks’ early-season precision would be a coach’s dream come true.

“Our discipline on the football pitch has been key to our success,” Rowlands said. “We don’t fight each other on penalties. And we haven’t had any turnover yet. We don’t lose football games. We played clean football.”

Southeast Warren’s next opponent is Montezuma. The Braves also started the year with a loss — a 36-33 loss to Iowa Valley — but have since had four straight wins.

Montezuma has rushed for 2,136 yards in the first five games on a balanced attack. Quarterback Owen Cook has spun the pigskin for 904 yards and 20 points, while Montezuma’s ground play has produced 1,153 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“They’re going to give us a lot of challenges,” Rowlands said. “They’re one of the best throwing teams in the state, but they’re really a running team. They use multiple weapons all the time so we have to be disciplined and know where we are because they have four or five playmakers who can get the ball.”

It’s never easy to plan an offense that can hit with the run or pass.

“We have to make sure we live up to our responsibilities,” Rowlands said. “Don’t give up on the big game. Hopefully they make a mistake. That’s all we can do.”

According to BCMoore, Montezuma’s defense is 32nd in the Class 8 players.

“We have to continue with what we did in our ground game,” Rowlands said. “We have to maximize the points on every property we have because they are capable of accumulating a lot of points.”

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