DeWitt wins 27-10 to increase its winning streak over Haslett to 14 games
Haslett – There was an electric atmosphere Friday night at Haslett high school as Haslett looked to end its 13-year losing streak to rival DeWitt on homecoming.
DeWitt (6-0, 4-0), the class of the Capital Area Conference Red Division recently, proved to be too much for Haslett (3-3, 1-3). With its 27-10 victory, DeWitt has defeated Haslett 14 consecutive years.
DeWitt coach Rob Zimmerman said it’s never easy to defeat a team 14 times in a row.
“It’s tough,” he said. “I mean media talks about it all the time and you know Haslett certainly is a very proud program and so we have been very fortunate to continue with that. It’s obviously a goal of ours every game, but you know we don’t put a priority on the streak so much as we’re trying to win football games week after week and win our conference championship.”
ShonQuise Trainor put DeWitt ahead 6-0 with 3:53 left to play in the first quarter after punching in a three-yard touchdown following a 20-yard run on the previous play.
With 5:02 remaining in the second quarter, DeWitt blocked a Haslett punt and took a 13-0 lead 41 seconds later on a jump pass from quarterback Will Nagel to receiver Evan Conn.
On the following possession, Haslett quarterback Jake Tahaney led a seven-play, 64-yard drive, capped off by a 25-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper with 1:56 remaining to pull Haslett within 13-7
With 1:17 remaining in the first half, Tehaney’s interception gave his team the ball back at DeWitt’s 20. Haslett was unable to take advantage of the great field position and with 10 seconds left in the first half missed a field goal attempt.
“Honestly we weren’t very happy with ourselves at halftime,” Conn said. “We felt that we were a better team then we were playing like and we knew we were a better team than Haslett and we went into the locker room and coaches kind of really left us alone and I think we all just figured it out for ourselves.”
Haslett started off the second half strong by scoring a field goal with 6:59 left and cutting the deficit to three.
On the following drive, Trainor’s 15-yard touchdown run gave DeWitt a 20-10 lead.
In the fourth quarter Haslett appeared to be closing on a scoring drive, but Tehaney suffered an injury and Haslett was forced to alternate Stephen Fox and Mykal Stinson at quarterback.
Stinson threw an interception with 4:38 left to all but end it.
DeWitt clinched the victory with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Nagel to Conn.
“We have been working so hard,” Conn said. “Obviously 14 straight years is all about tradition here, and you know we take that to heart.”