Lincoln Southwest proved it's not just an offensive juggernaut.
The Silver Hawks, who scored 69 points in the season opener last week, counted on their defense Friday to earn a 21-14 victory over sixth-ranked Lincoln Southeast before 4,928 fans at Seacrest Field.
The No. 10 Silver Hawks bottled up Southeast in the first half and after giving up a pair of second-half scores, got tough again.
Southeast mounted a nine-play drive early in the fourth quarter before Taylor Boutmahavong picked off a pass at the 1-yard line and returned it to the 15.
The Knights had two more chances, but pressure from the Southwest defense forced a three-and-out both times. The second time, Anthony Banderas popped Grant Detlefsen as he caught the ball, knocking it loose and forcing fourth down. That pass was long and Southwest ran out the clock for the win.
"Every day in practice, our scout team was showing that look," Banderas said. "I saw it every day and I knew they were going to do it. It was instinct that got me there."
Silver Hawk quarterback Jakob Ahlschwede, who threw for 173 yards and one touchdown, appreciated Banderas' effort.
"Anthony had a big hit there. Oooh, man, he clocked him," he said. "We got them on fourth-and-2 and it was victory formation from there on out."
The defense set up the Hawks' first score when Jayce Conklin pounced on a Southeast fumble at the Knights' 24. It took LSW 11 plays and more than five minutes to cover that distance, with Caden McCormack punching it in with a 2-yard run.
"A couple of times we lost contain, a couple of times we didn't squeeze well enough," said Southwest coach Andrew Sherman. "But we have a few linebackers who fly around and that helps. Caden McCormack, Banderas and Easton Boyd just fly around. We're never upset if they make mistakes if they're going 100 miles an hour."
Banderas' speed and strength were on display for the Hawks' second touchdown. He broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage before racing 32 yards for the 14-0 lead.
Southeast trimmed the lead on its first drive of the second half, with Jack Strong pulling in a 14-yard pass from Jampe' Gergen.
The Silver Hawks stretched the lead to 21-7 when Ahlschwede hit Preston Green for a 68-yard TD. Green, who had dropped a long pass just two plays earlier, grabbed the ball near the 30-yard line and pulled away for the score.
Bryson Williams capped an 11-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 21-14.
"I thought the turnover was a pretty big part of the ball game," said Southeast coach Ryan Gottula. "But I like the way our kids responded in the second half. They played hard and we moved the ball pretty well.
"Give Southwest a lot of credit. They have a very good football team. We''ll see how it plays out as the year goes along, but I think those were two pretty good football teams playing out there."
LINCOLN SOUTHWEST 21, LINCOLN SOUTHEAST 14
LSW--McCormack 2 run (Jorgensen kick)
LSW--Banderas 32 run (Jorgensen kick)
LSE--Strong 14 pass from Gergen (Strong kick)
LSW--Green 68 pass from Ahlschwede (Jorgensen kick)
LSE--Williams 1 run (Strong kick)
RUSHING--LSW, Buckner 18-84, Banderas 5-43, McCormack 6-10, Ahlschwede 12-12, Myers 1-2; LSE, Kyker 13-80, Strong 10-60, Detlefsen 2-16, Gergen 2-16, Koolen 2-7, Williams 2-4.
PASSING--LSW, Ahlschwede 12-22-0, 173 yards; LSE, Strong 8-18-0, 76 yards; Gergen 2-5-1, 27 yards; Trenhaile 0-1.
RECEIVING--LSW, Holm 7-72, Green 1-68, Banderas 1-18, Boutmahavong 1-13, Pieper 1-8, Buckner 1-minus 6; LSE, Detlefsen 6-41, Kyker 2-40, Lambert 2-17, Strong 1-14, Cooper 1-9.