Hyde scores 20 in fourth, downs "GN", 20-10
WINSTED: All week long, Gilbert/Northwestern head football coach Scott Salius had warned his team about one player, one number to worry about.
“We said we had to keep an eye on Jhavion Haddock,” Salius said, “We knew he could make a lot of things happen for them in the running game or coming out of the backfield.”
After two quarters of action, the junior running back had just 18-yards on the ground but that all changed in the second half as the Howling Wolves utilized the skills of Haddock while taking advantage of critical Yellowjackets turnovers to score 20 unanswered points in a 20-10 win.
“GN” held Hyde off the scoreboard for three quarters and held a 10-0 lead on the strength of a two yard touchdown run by Austin Gagnon on the team’s first drive and a 27-yard field goal by Joe Columbie in the third quarter.
Cracks in a stellar defensive effort had started to show, especially in the case of Mr. Haddock who after that mellow first half, began his charge right after the ‘Jackets had gone up 10-0 after the field goal.
Runs of 34 and 17 on consecutive plays that saw the 5’4” 136 pound back make it around the corner each time were not good signs nor omens for the home team.
While that drive would stall, the turnover bug would strike “GN” and after a Ben Schiffer fumble on a scramble, the Wolves took over at the ‘Jackets 18, leading to a two yard dive by quarterback Tyrese Thomas that put the visitors on the board with 10:57 left in the fourth.
The two teams came into the game off of wins, the Yellowjackets had won three straight after a loss in their opener while Hyde had beaten H-K by a 30-22 final a week ago and were evenly matched.
Both could run the ball. “GN” rushed for 209 on Saturday while Hyde went for 196, 131 from Haddock.
The winner would be the team that made the fewest mistakes and in this case, that was the visitors.
“GN” would capitalize on a fumbled Hyde punt in the third quarter that led to the Columbie field goal but costly mistakes in the fourth would lead to all the Hyde points.
After getting within three at 10-7 on the Thomas run, the visitors would take advantage of some miscommunication between Schiffer and his running backs on a busted play that led to a fumble that gave Hyde the ball on the “GN” 33.
Schiffer would get a measure of revenge two plays later though when he picked off Thomas but a fumble on the next play from scrimmage by “GN” was recovered by Ralik Garvins and returned 27-yards for the go ahead touchdown.
On their next possession, down 14-10 and in need of a spark, the Yellowjackets tried a fake punt on fourth and two but came up short.
Three plays and 27-yards rushing by Haddock and Hyde had wrapped this one up.
Hyde improves to 3-2, Gilbert/Northwestern 3-2 as well.
Knowing what you need to stop and actually doing it are two very different animals, just as the ‘Jackets.