Haskell Haymakers Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Arkansas Verdigris Valley Health Centers

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Haskell Haymakers 

Coach: Frank Marsaln

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 5-5

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 13-2

2014 – 7-4 

2013 – 5-6

OFFENSE

The Haymakers enter their fall harvest with load of talent including the return of 10 starters to the offensive side of the football. VYPE Top 100 quarterback Tayden Lucero (5-10, 200, Sr.) enters his third season in the backfield after totaling 1090 yards with 22 touchdowns on the ground while adding another 825 passing yards and seven scores. Adding even more firepower to the running game will be physical style of Damontre Stafford (6-1, 190, Sr.). Lucero will once again target his favorite receiver from a year ago, Jakoby Gouldsby (5-8, 160, Jr.). The size and strength of the Haymakers offensive front will continue to dominate play in the trenches as Top 100 lineman Zane Adams (6-3, 265, Jr.) joins forces with Zack Payne (6-0, 220, Sr.) and Nate Risley (6-3, 280, Sr.).

“The diversity of this year’s offensive attack is solidified by a variety of options,” said head coach Rusty Harris. “Add the size we have up front and the experience factor of the 10 starters, we have the opportunity to be a productive unit on the ground as well as in the air.”

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DEFENSE

Harris anticipates the return of 10 starters to the defensive unit to control line of scrimmage warfare as well as protect against the opponents’ passing game by combining size and quickness to the experience factor. Caleb Hayes (5-10, 180, Sr.) captains the defense at inside linebacker while Tayden Lucero’s quickness delivers sideline-to-sideline ability to make tackles in the open field. The Haymakers close the gates to the barn thanks to the hard nose style of play from defensive ends J.J. McCollough (6-3, 275, Sr.) and Zane Adams. Patrolling the secondary and protecting against the pass or run will be cornerback Phillip Jones (5-8, 160, Jr.) along with athleticism and instincts of Easton Roberts (6-2, 190, Jr.) at safety.  

Re-districting among the Class 2A has intensified the competition for the postseason spots and Harris expects the Haymakers to have what it takes to challenge for a ticket to the playoff party.

“Class 2A is loaded top to bottom,” said Harris. “We’ve got virtually a brand new district lineup of talented competition. I’m excited to see how we match up and look forward to our chances for victory every Friday night.”

Haskell fans will get a jump start on cheering for the Haymakers with the season open set for August 24th at home against Gore.

The Haymakers will have a new head coach this fall as Harris has been elevated to Superintendent of Schools. Final decision on replacement not available at press time.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Gore 

8-31 – OPEN

9-7 – at Porter

9-14 – vs. Rejoice Christian

9-21 – at Sperry

9-28 – vs. Dewey

10-5 – at Victory Christian

10-12 – at Caney Valley

10-18 – vs. Morris 

10-26 – at Beggs 

11-2 – vs. Kiefer