Haven earns first playoff win in 44 years

Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 11:33 PM CDT
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KINGMAN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Leading by just one at break, Haven pitched a second half shutout to wrap up a win at Kingman, their first in the postseason since 1976.

The Wildcat ground game punched in three touchdowns after the break to double up the Eagles, shifting momentum after a wild end to the first half.

Leading 16-7, Haven punted from deep in their own territory to Avery Albright who turned in his second big punt return of the game, this time diving at the pylon to cut the deficit to 16-14. That was with 2:35 to go in the half.

Haven, employing a no-huddle offense at all times, turned in a long drive capped by a Darby Roper rushing score to answer with 36 seconds on the game clock. That was the second score of a big day for Roper, the first coming through the air to Skylar Shingleton to open the scoring for the Wildcats.

But again the scoring in the half wasn’t done, with Albright turning in a kick return close to the 40 yard line, then Nolan Freund completing a deep pass. Then with less than 10 seconds to go, Freund hit Mason Munz in the corner of the endzone for his second receiving score of the day to cut it to a 22-21 game at the break. But that was all the Eagle offense could muster as they saw their season come to a close with a 6-3 record.

Haven improves to 7-2, and will play Trinity Catholic for the second time in three weeks in Hutchinson next Friday. The Wildcats handed the Celtics their lone loss of the season then.

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