After a final desperation pass was intercepted by Bishop Dwenger, New Haven star running back Te'Vaughn Hurse came to the sidelines after an emotional 31-21 sectional semifinal loss on Friday.
Hurse and the Bulldogs were drained after battling the Saints for four tough quarters.
"That's something we preached all week, have no regrets and leave everything on the field," New Haven coach Jim Rowland said. "I am proud of our kids. Bishop Dwenger is a good team that is well coached. We just came up short again."
The Saints keyed on Hurse all game long and held the state's third-leading rusher to 123 yards and a touchdown.
"Te'Vaughn came to me in the third quarter and said they are taking me away, and let's give someone else a chance to make a play," Rowland said of the team's efforts to mix things up against the Dwenger defense. "There were points left on the field, but it wasn't from a lack of trying. The kids played their hearts out."
New Haven finished 8-3 after going 9-4 last season.