Behind both the legs and arm of senior quarterback Lane Kendall, Haviland outscored a small, but determined Rolla squad 68-42 Friday night at Mullinville.

 


Behind both the legs and arm of senior quarterback Lane Kendall, Haviland outscored a small, but determined Rolla squad 68-42 Friday night at Mullinville.
   Following a fairly even first quarter that saw each team score once, the Dragons opened daylight between themselves and the Pirates in the second quarter with four scores to claim a 34-16 halftime advantage.
   “It took us a while to get clicking, but that’s not unusual for us so far,” Haviland Coach Jeff Blattner said later.  “We’ve got to learn to get going quicker.”
   In a game filled with passes—there were 57 attempted between the two squads—penalties and kickoffs squibbed out of bounds, this one wasn’t over until 10:20.  (Greensburg, on the other hand, had finished off Ashland by 9:15 in a game that saw only 22 throws.)
   What was different this time around, however, was Kendall being able to run for 125 yards and six scores, to complement his typical 309 yards through the air.  Kendall accounted for all but one of Haviland’s 10 scores, the lone exception being Ross Binford running it in from three yards late in the third.
   It was as much a no-brainer for Blattner as any observer as to who the offensive standout was once more for Haviland.
   “Just looking at the stat sheet will tell you Lane had a heck of a game,” he said.  “That’s true by anyone’s standards, but he doesn’t do that alone.  There’s seven other guys out there opening things up, giving him time, making the catch.”
   Though he was pleased with the win pushing his team to 2-1 on the season, Blattner wasn’t happy with aspects of his defense’s play.
   “You never want to give up that many points,” he said.  “We’re just still so inconsistent on defense.  We’d make a good play three or four times in a row and then we’d disappear for a play.  Then we’d do the same  thing over again.
   So far we haven’t been able to put together a good defensive series.
   “We still haven’t gotten close to our best game of the season.  We need to keep coming up with new ideas on offense.  I keep seeing things to add to our passing game.  Our pass blocking’s okay, but our run blocking is behind where it needs to be.
   “But that’s something to fine tune.  On defense we need to fix our tackling technique.  We’re still tackling people too high.  This is going to be a week where we work on fundamentals more than X’s and O’s.”
   Haviland travels to Rozel Friday night to play 3-0 Pawnee Heights, who thus far has beaten Greensburg, Fowler and Bucklin.

Game at a Glance
Score by quarters
Rla         8       8       12       14      -42
Hav        8      26      20       14      -68
Haviland Scoring:
Kendall, 48 run, PAT Perez pass from?Kendall...
Perez 15 pass from?kendall, PAT pass fails...
Kendall 1 run, PAT?pass fails...
Kendall 3 run, PAT pass fails...
Kendall 4 run, PAT Stevens pass from Kendall...
Kendall 1 run, PAT Binford run...
Kendall 9 run, PAT pass fails...
Binford 3 run, PAT pass fails...
Stevens 54 pass from?kendall, PAT Kendall run...
Ishcomer 11 pass from?Kendall, PAT pass fails...