NEW HAVEN >> Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech sophomore Jhavion Haddock literally ran through, over and around visiting Haddam-Killingworth on Saturday.
After the Howling Wolves spotted the Cougars a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, Haddock scored the next four touchdowns to pace Hyde to a 30-22 Pequot Conference South Division victory at Marone/Barbarito Field.
Haddock scored on touchdowns runs of 13, 63 and 9 yards in the first half, and then he returned the kickoff to start the second half 77 yards for another score.
“I’d like to thank my line, first of all, for this,” Haddock said. “And my quarterback (Tyrese Thomas) and my coaches for giving me the ball and giving me chances.”
Although the Howling Wolves did not score on their first two possessions, it was apparent early on that the elusive Haddock would be difficult to contain. Haddock finished with 169 yards on 20 carries.
“The offensive line, they were blocking their tail off,” Hyde coach Brandon McCormick said. “They were doing a really good job and Haddock, when he gets the ball, when he gets a lane, he’s something to reckon with. They did a really nice job of blocking for him. The offensive line stepped up today. They’re a little inexperienced, but they’ve been getting better with every game. That was huge for us in the first half.”
Haddock’s kickoff return touchdown to start the third quarter gave his team a 30-7 lead.
Alex Segaline connected with Trevor Mann (7 yards) and Noah Vinci (23 yards) on touchdown passes in the second half.
Segaline ran in the successful two-point conversion after the Vinci touchdown to cut the lead to 30-22 with 1:09 left.
The Cougars (1-3) then recovered the onside kick. But H-K turned the ball over on downs near midfield in the game’s closing seconds when Segaline, who scampered out of the pocket, was tackled short of the first down marker.
Segaline tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Campbell in the first quarter.
The Cougars forced four turnovers in the second half, including interceptions by Robert Mooney and Omar Omeragic, but H-K’s inability to stop the Howling Wolves in the first half was the difference.
“We just need to wrap up,” H-K coach Mike Baklik said. “We got guys in the right place, but we just didn’t hold. We had opportunities to make tackles for a loss, we just didn’t do that today.”
Segaline completed 14 of 33 passes for 212 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 10 times for 93 yards.
Thomas picked off Segaline twice.
“We just played hard and did what we were taught,” Thomas said.
Senior Terran Weston made two sacks for Hyde.
“We had the bend-don’t-break (defense),” McCormick said. “Even at the end, when their backs were to the wall, they stepped up and made some nice plays. Hat’s off to H-K, I thought they did a nice job of coming back. We let them in, I think, a little bit, but at the same time they did a nice job of making plays.”
Hyde 30, Haddam-Killingworth 22
(at New Haven)
Haddam-Killingworth 7 0 7 8 — 22
Hyde 0 22 8 0 — 30
HK—Hunter Campbell 27 pass from Alex Segaline (Segaline kick)
HY—Jhavion Haddock 13 run (run failed)
HY—Jhavion Haddock 63 run (Ralik Garvins run)
HY—Jhavion Haddock 9 run (Haddock pass from Tyrese Thomas)
HY—Jhavion Haddock 77 kickoff ret (Qashad Linen run)
HK—Trevor Mann 7 pass from Alex Segaline (Segaline kick)
HK—Noah Vinci 23 pass from Alex Segaline (Segaline run)
Team records: Hyde 2-2; Haddam-Killingworth 1-3