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November 9, 2013

Haskell downs Mounds, earns playoff spot

HASKELL – Haskell coach Greg Wilson has tried to instill in his players that he always wants more and they should as well.

That’s why he had mixed emotions following Friday night’s 41-20 win over Mounds that gave the Haymakers fourth place in 2A-5 and propelled them into the playoffs where they’ll meet 2A-6 champion Vian next week.

“I told them congratulations, but everything I said after that was not to be a downer but to let them know that we want more and they should want more,” Wilson said.

Haskell looked sharp at times jumping out to a 21-0 lead, but then penalties and turnovers caused the game to look ugly at times.

“It’s frustrating at times,” Wilson said. “We had too many penalties and too many turnovers. I may not have looked like a tight game, but it was.”

Despite his frustration with the sloppy play, the Haymakers did give Wilson reasons to compliment his team. Haskell (5-5, 3-3 in District 2A-5) jumped on Mounds (5-5, 2-4) early and took a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard run by Alex Wheeland.

The Haymakers then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. On the next play, wide receiver Chris Wright found Lane Young wide open at the goal line for a 37-yard scoring pass to give Haskell a 13-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Haymakers drove 65 yards for their next score. Brody Enkey was 3-for-3 passing on the drive for 28 yards and Wheeland scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run to give Haskell a 21-0 lead.

Wheeland, who finished with 158 yards rushing on 21 carries, had his most impressive run of the night late in the first half when he broke several tackles on his way to a 36-yard touchdown run to put the Haymakers ahead 27-7.

“We’ve relied a lot on big plays,” Wilson said. “I was glad to see that we could sustain some drives. It showed that our guys up front was doing their job.”

Haskell, which finished with 300 yards rushing, continued to run the ball at the Mounds defense to start the second half. Jordan Presley, who finished with 97 yards rushing, rushed 34 yards to make it a 33-14 game.

The Haymakers’ defense shut down the Eagles’ rushing attack in the second half allowing just nine yards. A 55-yard pass put Mounds at the Haskell 13, but on fourth-and-two from the 5, Kanyon Kelley knocked down a Shane Milam pass to end the drive.

The Eagles were able to take advantage of a Haskell fumble and cut the lead to 33-20 late in the third. Wright then returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to the Mounds 1. Just when it appeared the Haymakers would take control of the game, the Eagles picked up a Haskell fumble and nearly returned it for a score. But a Haskell player knocked the ball loose at midfield and after a scramble Rylee Atwell came up with the recovery for the Haymakers.

Haskell moved the ball inside the Mounds 10 on its next possession before being stopped on downs. But, on third and 9, Josh Schooley sacked Milam at the goal line and a partially blocked punt gave the Haymakers the ball at the Eagles 22.

Haskell was finally able to breathe a little easier when Kelley pounded his way to a 17-yard scoring run to make it 41-20 with 4:42 remaining.

Wheeland and Dillon Dobbins each intercepted Milam passes on Mounds’ final two possessions.

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