5 Thoughts on Omaha Burke's 16-14 Win over Lincoln Southeast
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5 Thoughts on Omaha Burke’s 16-14 Win over Lincoln Southeast

August 30, 2019

What a start to the high school football season in Nebraska. There was a big game in Lincoln on Thursday night at Seacrest Field. Last season’s Class A state champion Omaha Burke went up against Lincoln Southeast. Overall it was a defensive football game with both offenses having a tough time finding a rhythm. Burke came out on top 16-14 with one of the wildest finishes we may see all season.

Here are my five thoughts.

Evenly Matched Teams

Both of these teams figure to be in the conversation to make a deep run this year. There are benefits to starting the season off against another team picked to have a good season. Each team will have a nice gauge to measure how to feel about themselves after this game. Burke made one more big play than Southeast but the Knights will be a handful all season. Burke made the plays needed to pull the game out. With the amount of talent they lost after last season, it’s a huge confidence boost to win a game like this.

Watts Picks Up Where He Left Off

The last time we saw Notre Dame commit Xavier Watts on the football field he was helping Burke to a state title with a clutch performance. He did not disappoint during the first game of his senior season. Watts racked up 8 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. He was always around the football on defense too. I still don’t know if he would be a better receiver or defensive back in college which is meant as a big compliment. He would excel at either position.

Southeast Has Staying Power

Don’t lose track of Lincoln Southeast after this season-opening loss. There is a lot of talent on this team. It starts up front for the Knights. Xavier Trevino, who accepted a preferred walk-on offer to Nebraska, anchors the offensive line. He's joined by senior Teivis Tuioti, the son of Huskers defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. Senior wide receiver Isaac Appleget caught seven passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Appleget was impressive all evening long. We will hear from this team again this season. Appleget heading to South Dakota State.

Watch Out for Gifford

The senior defensive back played all over the place for the Knights on Thursday night. He returned kicks and punts. He got some action on offense too. On defense is where Gifford shined during the game. He has really good instincts from his safety position and is a sure tackler. He’s on the cusp of an offer from Nebraska. If he gets one will be big storyline this cycle.

What a Finish

Even though it’s just the first week of the season it will be hard for another game to beat the finish we saw on Thursday. Lincoln Southeast’s Jackson Doty appeared to make the game-winning field goal. There was just one problem. Xavier Watts was offside, a dead ball foul, causing the kick not to count. Southeast had to kick again. This time Brayden Pommier-Williams blocked the kick to win the game for Burke. That might go down as Watts’ best penalty of his high school career.

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