Going in different directions

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 8, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Four weeks have passed in the 2017 season and Southeast has yet to win a ballgame, but head coach Leon McElrath’s squad is not deterred.

The Knights are early-season battled-tested with games against Van Horn, perennial Missouri small school power Jefferson City Helias, a talented Schlagle squad and Hogan Prep last night.

Those teams are a combined 8-3 and outscored the Knights 179-38.

“We have played a lot of tough competition this year so far, and it doesn’t get any easier,” McElrath said prior to Thursday’s game.

 McElrath said the inability to finish plays has contributed to the Knights’ early-season struggles.

“As a team we have to play four good quarters of football,” he said. “We have had a couple games where we played a good first half or a good quarter, but we have yet to put together a full game.”

The Knights are led by wide receiver/defensive back Doedy Deh-Patterson.

Patterson has 17 receptions for 350 yards with 3 touchdowns on offense and two interceptions – including a pick-6 – on defense.

In other IL news, Central improved to 2-1 on the season with its 24-6 win over Interscholastic League foe Northeast (0-3 overall, 0-1 in IL).

The Blue Eagles sit alone in first place in the IL with a 2-0 mark. They are the only team in the league with a win this season.

Central has given up just 6 points in two league games.

“We played well (against Northeast),” head coach Allen Supplee said. “It was not our best offensively but our defense was outstanding for the second week in a row.”

Central’s up-tempo passing game was out sync against the Bulldogs, but they made up for it on the ground.

Senior Craig Robinson had 7 carries for 134 yards with a touchdown against Northeast.

Quarterback Javion Shelby carried the ball six times for 94 yards and a touchdown, while freshman Malik Chapman added two carries for 30 yards.

“We are known as a passing team but…our run game took over,” Supplee said.

The game was stopped with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the 3rd quarter due to a power outage at IL Stadium.  The teams resumed play the next day.

The delay was the second of the season for the Blue Eagles, whose Week 1 game against Hogan Prep was postponed a day due to the death of a former Rams’ player.

“One of my wise coaches reminded me that what we do is a process and that we are finding out that some of our previous weaknesses are becoming strengths,” Supplee said of the Blue Eagles’ mental makeup. “That is exciting. That is what all teams hope for.”

Central will host Schlagle on Saturday at Central.

“We have a strong challenge this week with 5A Schlagle,” Supplee said. “They are a very athletic team. We just hope that we have put in the work both on and off the field to compete at a high level this week.”