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Rising Stars: Southeast of Saline’s Gebhardt brothers

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:30 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Southeast of Saline football is undefeated headed into the 3A semifinal game this week. Several seniors have stepped into leadership roles this season but the Trojans have a double-threat in the Gebhardt twins; a quarterback- wide receiver duo of juniors.

Southeast of Saline junior quarterback Luke Gebhardt said, “It’s pretty cool. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.”

Junior quarterback, Luke Gebhardt is having a great first season as the Trojans quarterback but having his twin brother Jake Gebhardt on the receiving end of the ball makes the game a little easier.

“We have the connection out there, it’s always good to have that. And whenever he throws me the ball, I know he can rely on me to catch the ball,” said SES junior wide receiver Jake Gebhardt.

“Jake does a good job of getting open, so I look his way quite a bit,” added Luke.

Jake and Luke Gebhardt have been playing football together since grade school, coached by their father Mitch who’s also the high school coach.

“I’ve coached all my sons pretty much all the way through since they’ve been in kindergarten,” said SES football coach Mitch Gebhardt. “The amount of catch that they’ve played, whether it be with a baseball or a football or shooting baskets or whatever together, they just kind of understand where the other one is going to be.”

“You can go outside anytime you want and throw routes to him; you can do whatever you want,” said Luke. “It helps a lot on the football field, you know where he’s going to be, you know where he wants to catch it.”

“We push each other in anything we do, it doesn’t matter what it is. If we’re just sitting at home playing cards or something, we’re always trying to be the better one at it,” said Jake.

Jake said his favorite part about playing with his brother is hearing both of their names announced over the PA system after a completion.

“I think it’s pretty neat that Jacob will run a route and I can kind of see what Luke’s thinking and get him the ball,” mentioned Mitch.

Southeast of Saline will have a tough matchup against defending state champs Andale this Friday in Gypsum.

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