GOWRIE — Kolson Kruse, and Lathe Muench spent a lot of time in the end zone for fifth-ranked Southeast Valley on Friday night, but the entire lineup helped push the Jaguars into the Round of 16.
Southeast Valley (8-0 overall) rolled to a 50-13 victory over Belmond-Klemme (3-5) to advance to the third round of the playoffs.
“It was a great team win,” Kruse said. “It all started up front and our line gave us some great holes to run through. We knew we were the better team and the extra week of practice really helped us. We have to give credit to the coaching staff.”
Kruse, the junior quarterback, had three touchdowns in a row, breaking up a tight 8-6 contest. Kruse pounded it in from the one-yard line for his first score to take a 16-6 lead. Then a 47-yard run and a 45-yard gave the Jaguars some breathing room at 30-6.
“(Getting up early) changes everything,” said Southeast Valley head coach Mike Swieter. “It makes your play calling easier and keeps their offense off the field.”
Kruse ended the night with three touchdowns on 146 yards rushing and a two-point conversion pass.
“Kolson changes the game,” Swieter said. “He does a lot of big things. What Lathe is able today opens up the passing game.”
Muench had another big night, reaching paydirt on a pair of two-yard touchdowns. The junior also had three two-point conversions. Muench had 143 yards total.
Kaleb Scott added a big run as well, galloping 74 yards for a score. Fullback Hunter Sorenson added a one-yard plunge.
Sam Hanson caught a two-point conversion pass from Kruse.
This was the second win over the Broncos this year. In the Week 3 meeting, Southeast Valley won 36-20.
On Friday night, middle linebackers Justin Loseke and Parker Garcia led the defense with 14 tackles each, receiving most of the Broncos threats on the opposite side of University of Iowa commit Aaron Graves.
“Other teams tend to plan their offense around avoiding Aaron,” Swieter said. “They ran a few plays on his side and he had four tackles. We’re comfortable with them running away from him, because we know we have guys on the other side that can get the job done and we showed that.”
Now the Jaguars will await their next assignment for this coming Friday.
“It’s playoff time, and we all rally around each other and really brought it,” Kruse said. “I love how hard we played and we are ready for Round 3.”