Bears Beat Indians in Last Second Thriller
By: Michael Lindsey
The Baird Bears hand the Indians their second straight loss, after overcoming double digit leads on multiple occasions. The Bears had an amazing 4th quarter, where they scored 23 points. After a first half defensive battle both teams really found their offense in the second half, or both defensive groups were just wore down. Which that really looked like it was the case for both teams.
The Tribes offense was carried by Jr. running back Rocky Haggard, who truly had an amazing game on the ground. Haggard carried the ball 23 times for 185 yards, which I’m pretty sure is a career high and 3 Touchdowns. If you look at that he averaged 8 yards per carry, which is really impressive, when you carry the ball that many times.
Something that will stick out on the stat sheet is that the Indians will have to work on is the penalties. As we’ve seen this season the tribe has come close to committing twice as many penalties or more than their opponents. In this case Haskell had 15 penalties for 105 yards, compared to Baird who only had 6 penalties for 50 yards.
Haskell has definitely struggled on the defensive side of the ball this season, even in their victory over Roscoe. The Indians are averaging giving up right at 41 points a game, while the offense is scoring just over 29 ppg. Offensively you can’t complain about near 30 ppg, but it is hard to win games when your opponent puts up more than 40 ppg.
Another key in all sports is luck, and The Tribe didn’t have luck on their side either when Senior Chase Gibson went down with what looks to be a season ending injury to his arm that would require surgery. Gibson can truly be considered a leader of this team, and will by terribly missed on both sides of the ball. To Chase and the Gibson family I would like to say our prayers are with you, and we wish a full recovery, while thanking you for what you have done for your team.
Talking with Coach Benton on Saturday he had this to say about the game “We were able to overcome a ton of self inflicted trouble, but could not finish off the task in the end. Give credit to Baird I believe they played very inspired football. We will get back to work on Monday with a focus on self.”
Now The Indians must pick up, and move on to their next opponent, which will be what is known by many as The Battle of Highway 277. The Rivalry match-up of the Haskell Indians 1-2 against The Stamford Bulldogs 0-3. You can usually throw records out the window when these two teams come together. This game is usually based on pride, and bragging rights.
Haskell JV 38 @ Bangs JV 0
Haskell 8th 44 vs Baird 8th 0
Haskell 7th 6 vs Clyde 7th 20