BRIDGEPORT— It wasn’t the ending they were looking for.
The Haddam-Killingworth High School football team rushed for 352 yards on 50 carries Tuesday night on its way to a 52-0 victory over Bullard Havens Technical School in the Class S state quarterfinals at Kennedy Stadium.
The defeat ended the season for No. 2 seed Bullard Havens at 10-1 overall.
“The kids showed heart. A perfect season is hard. We met our match tonight in Haddam-Killingworth,” Bullard Havens coach Chris Pace said. “We got here because of all the work the kids did all year. It’s a disappointing ending. But they should keep their heads up. Tonight doesn’t change the belief I have in these kids.”
No. 7 seed Haddam-Killingworth (10-1 overall) made the most of its first Class S playoff appearance since 2011. The Cougars executed their full house running offense to perfection as they didn’t throw a single pass during the windy evening.
“We did our preparation. Everybody on this team worked so hard,” said Haddam-Killingworth coach Mike Baklik. “This has been a season of firsts for us. This was the program’s first postseason state victory. This was the first regular season we had a 9-1 record. Now it’s the first season ever with 10 wins. And we get to keep it going.”
The Cougars will now take a bus ride on Sunday to battle No. 3 seed Stafford/East Windsor/Somers in the Class S semifinals. Stafford Co-op ousted Bullard Havens in the 2017 Class S quarterfinals.
Haddam-Killingworth, behind three first-half touchdowns by senior Zach Kauffman and a pair of second-half TDs from senior Tobey Callender, never allowed Bullard Havens to settle into the contest.
The Cougars marched 80 yards in 10 plays after the opening kickoff. They went 63 yards in six plays on their second possession to lead 15-0 after one quarter.
Haddam-Killingworth added two more scores in the second quarter. Kauffman’s 13-yard burst just 53.6 seconds before halftime settled the issue at 31-0.
“Our offensive line is so good that we could tell the defense what play we’re running and still succeed,” H-K’s Tobey Callender said. “It’s my pleasure to run behind these guys. Tonight was four years work in the making. We got the job done for a reward we deserved.”
Callender had 125 yards rushing on 14 carries. Kauffman finished with 95 yards on 14 carries and three TDs. Junior Dalton Modehn hurt Bullard Havens on sweeps on his way to 114 yards on 16 carries.
Bullard Havens finished with 30 yards rushing and 87 yards passing. Haddam-Killingworth’s defense made three interceptions to create short fields for its offense.
“We couldn’t stop them. H-K does what it does very well,” Bullard Havens coach Pace said. “My heart breaks for our seniors. Our young guys can use this as motivation for the future.”
HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH 52, BULLARD HAVENS 0
HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH 15 16 14 7—52
BULLARD HAVENS 0 0 0 0—0
- HK— Zach Kauffman 15 run (Jordan Callahan kick)
- HK—Dalton Modehn 4 run (Modehn run)
- HK—Kauffman 4 run (Tobey Callender run)
- HK—Kauffman 13 run (Modehn run)
- HK—Tobey Callender 15 run (Callahan kick)
- HK—Tobey Callender 4 run (Callahan kick)
- HK—James Murphy 3 run (Callahan kick)
Records: Haddam Killingworth 10-1, Bullard Havens 10-1.