Football 2018: HKHS Heads to Finals of Class S Playoffs

Submitted by Barth Keck, Asst. Coach.

#66 Parker Smith tackles the Stafford quarterback, with assistance from #10 Tobey Callender, and #75 Aiden Maher on Stafford’s opening possession of the game

The Haddam Killingworth High School varsity football team defeated Stafford/East Windsor/Somers in the semi-finals of the Class S playoffs on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 with a final score of H-K 21, Stafford/East Windsor/Somers 14 in Overtime. They will advance to the finals on Saturday, Dec. 8, against Bloomfield at 10:00 a.m. Veteran’s Stadium in New Britain.

Zach Kauffman scored two touchdowns in regulation on runs of one yard each to put the Cougars up, 14-0, by the third quarter. The Bulldogs tied the game with the help of Tyler Ouellete’s passing (11 for 18, 113 yards), a score that stood at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Tobey Callender scored on a one-yard run and Jordan Callahan added the extra point to put the Cougars up by seven points. The Bulldogs were unable to score on their attempts in overtime, enabling H-K to reach a state football championship game for the first time since 1994 when the Cougars lost to Putnam, 20-14.

“I was always confident,” said senior captain and two-way lineman Aiden Maher. “We weren’t losing, we were never down, our coaches were never down.”

STAFFORD   0   0   14   0   0   — 14
H-K                 7    0    7    0   7  — 21

H-Zach Kauffman 1 run (Jordan Callahan kick)

#33 Wally Sample comes down with a pass from #14 James Murphy to keep the Cougars drive moving with a first down

H-Kauffman 1 run (Callahan kick)
S-Julien Rivas 4 run (Luke Phillips kick)
S-Colton Engel 13 pass from Tyler Ouellette (Phillips kick)
H-Tobey Callender 1 run (Callahan kick)

Photos by Chad Giulini.

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