As New Haven heads into Class 4A sectional play against South Side this week, it will look to put its potent offense in similar situations to those it faced in a 45-20 win against Homestead on Friday.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 NHC) won the first conference championship in school history with the convincing victory over the Spartans (5-4, 3-4). Much of the game, New Haven had the advantage of field position, both on offense and defense.
That gave the Bulldogs a chance to use their athletes at receiver and running back to the fullest, and it paid dividends.
You take some chances that you usually wouldn’t take if you had the whole field, coach Jim Rowland said, and we were able to do some things we probably wouldn’t be able to do if we were sitting in the back of our own end zone all night.
Loss sparks Redskins
It all began to turn around for North Side after a loss – 32-28 against Bishop Dwenger on Sept. 6.
But the Redskins didn’t lose a conference game after that and wound up 6-1 in the SAC to earn the outright conference championship with a 42-16 win over Northrop on Friday.
The Redskins had a 21-3 second-half lead on the Saints in what turned out to be their only SAC loss of the season.
We know what we did wrong against Dwenger; we didn’t finish, North Side coach Ryan Hall said. I made a horrible call on fourth down. If we make that stop, we win. I took credit for that, and I told them right away. They could have given up, but they didn’t. What a great group.
Luers ‘D’ praised
Bishop Luers didn’t save its best for last, as it turned out. A 36-2 loss to Bishop Dwenger sent the Knights into the playoffs at 0-9, the first winless regular season in school history.
But Knights coach Kyle Lindsay did see some positives, particularly from the defense, which scored the only points for Luers on a first-half safety.
Defensively, we’ve played well at times earlier in the season, he said. And I think we did some good things tonight.