Haven continues playoff run, tops Trinity Catholic

Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 11:36 PM CST
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Haven Wildcats advanced in the Class 2A playoffs by winning a Sectional game versus the Trinity Catholic Celtics by a score of 26 to 6.

The two teams faced off in Week 7 at Haven. The Wildcats came out on top 20 to 18.

This week Trinity brought a different line up to the field as five players missed the game due to COVID-19 quarantine. Senior Quarterback Lucas Hammeke, Sophomore backup Quarterback Blake Hammeke, Sophomore Center and Linebacker Angel Faudoa, Senior Tight End and Linebacker Evan Remar, and Senior Inside Linebacker and Offensive Tackle Miles Friday.

Trinity won the coin toss and deferred to the Second Half. Haven took the kick-off and went three and out.

They would go three and out again on their next possession.

After a three and out of their own, Trinity took over the ball about halfway through the first quarter. On third and seven from their 38-yard line, Landon Gray found Issac Suter over the middle. Suter took the reception 62-yards into the end zone for the first score of the game. Trinity failed to score the two-point conversion. They led Haven 6 to 0.

The teams traded possessions until about three minutes remaining in the first half.

Haven took over after a 35-yard Landon Gray punt at the midfield line. Eight plays later, with only 29 seconds left on the clock, Haven faced a third and goal from the nine-yard line. Darby Roper sprinted into the endzone for a touchdown. The Wildcats failed to convert on their two-point conversion.

At the halftime break, both teams stood tied 6 to 6.

Trinity received the kick-off. On the next play, Landon Gray threw an interception. Haven took over at midfield again.

Nathan Schmidt ran for a 54-yard touchdown two plays later. Another two-point conversion failed for the Wildcats. They took the lead for the first time of the night, 12 to 6.

For most of the second half, penalties slowed down the games. Both teams combined for 23 flags and over 200 penalty yards. The penalties would mire drives. In one Haven drive, they repeated the second down three times.

The next score for the Wildcats came in the fourth quarter on a six-yard Darby Roper rush. This time, Haven scored the two-point conversion on a Roper to Skylar Shingleton pass. They now lead 20 to 6 with 7:30 remaining in the game.

Nathan Schmidt scored the final touchdown of the night with a 40 yard run with under four minutes to go. The Wildcats again missed scoring the two-point conversion.

Shortly after the final whistle, Haven hoisted the Sectional Champion trophy.

Haven had 346 total yards in the game. Nathan Schmidt took credit for 175 of the 302 rushing yards for the game. He also scored two touchdowns. The other two touchdowns went to Darby Roper. Roper totaled 110 yards on the ground. He also completed 6 of 11 passes for 46 yards.

“It was a sloppy game, but we’ll take it,” said Haven Co-Head Coach Drew Thalmann.

On Darby Roper, “We take what they are going to give us, when we need plays to be played, the cat gets plays,” said fellow Co-Head Coach Thomas Cooprider.

“We had an unbelievable week in practice,” said Trinity Head Coach Jordan Bell. “It didn’t go our way, credit to Haven. But, I couldn’t be more proud of our football team. It just happened to end tonight.”

Trinity ends the season with an 8 and 2 record.

Haven improves their record to 8 and 2. They will host the 4 and 6 Beloit Trojans next Friday. Beloit advanced after their opponent, the Phillipsburg Panthers, had to forfeit due to COVID-19 quarantines.

Phillipsburg joined Cimmaron and Fredonia in forfeiting their 2A playoff game this week due to virus problems.

As they addressed their players after the game, Haven Head Coaches Drew Thalmann and Thomas Cooprider talked to their players about being responsible for the next three weeks. “Be smart and look at the big picture,” said Thomas Cooprider. “We’re chasing history here at Haven. We need to continue to do the things to allow us to play this game.”

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