By Jimmy Stinson
VIAN – Haskell’s first trip to the postseason since 2004 was short lived, but give the Haymakers credit, they gave Vian a football game — at least through the first quarter.
After that, it was too much Wolverines and too many big plays that doomed the Haymakers with Vian getting the first-round Class 2A victory, 78-8.
Haskell (7-4) won the toss and elected to receive the kickoff, but their first possession ended in a punt and the Wolverines (11-0) made them pay. The drive lasted only four plays and it was all Rowdy Simon. The Vian running back totaled all 69 yards and with the extra point the Wolverines were up 7-0.
The Haymakers could not get any offense going in the first half. Vian would score on another Simon 5-yard scamper and bring the game to a still-reasonably close 14-0 at after the first quarter.
The Wolverines erupted for 33 points in the second quarter alone and led 48-0 at the half.
“Hey, Vian is a good football team. They are more athletic than some of the teams we played," said Haskell coach Greg Wilson. “When you are playing a good football team you can't get down. This is the kind of program we would like to model ourselves after."
"We knew Haskell was a good team and they kept it close but we made some adjustments and that helped slow them down," said Vian coach Brandon Tyler.
The Wolverines scored on offense and special teams in the second quarter. Vian's special teams got the scoring started with a blocked punt by Rob Boyd and the loose ball was scooped up by Simon, who returned it 40 yards for the score.
Warren Zachary scored on a nine-yard run and quarterback Landon Decker hooked up with Tre Locust for a 55-yard toss and catch. On the next possession Decker found Locust again for a 35 yard score, sending the Wolverines to the locker room in a more familiar setting. Vian came in averaging 62 1/2 points and allowing an average of 2.3.
In the second half, the Wolverines added four more touchdowns. Eric Casey dashed 35 yards for one and Brett Vastine added another on a three-yard run, and Daylon McWaters scored from 10 yards out. Vian's kicker, Tyler Cortez, added a 46 yard field goal, that may have been good from 56 yards.
The final Vian score came when the Wolverines’ Kevin Chew picked up a fumble and rumbled 55 yards.
"I thought I better pick that ball up, and then I just ran," said a grinning Chew.
Vian's ground attack was led by Simon who had only six carries but produced 127 yards and three touchdowns. Zachary had flourishes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Decker was limited but efficient with his reps, going 4-of-5 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns, He also threw an interception.
Haskell was led by Jordan Presley who had 21 rushes for 78 yards. Britt Williams added 49 yards on two carries and a touchdown.
A bright spot for Haskell is they only lose four seniors.
Vian will host Kansas, a 40-35 winner over Caney Valley, at Vian on Friday.