When several players dumped a jug of ice water on Haskell Junior College coach Gary Tanner with less than a minute to play in Saturday's game against Kemper Military Academy, it signaled another goal reached in the resurgence of the Indians' football program.
Haskell broke away from a 7-7 halftime tie and cruised to its first conference victory in three years with a 31-7 homecoming victory over KMA. The victory pushed Haskell's record to 4-1.
"When I took over this program the administration was discussing dropping it," Tanner said. "This game put us over the .500 mark since that time. There used to be a losing stigmatism and it was an embarrassment. Now we're building on a winning program and setting new traditions."
TANNER'S RECORD since taking over the program in 1987 is 21-20.
Sophomore Wade McGee led the Indians with 127 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. Fullback Robert Rogers added 55 yards on six totes and quarterback Tim Leatherman ran for one touchdown and passed for another.
"Our line executed great," McGee said. "It was extra special tonight. It just all came together."
Jason Middlebusher picked off a Kemper pass and returned it 55 yards for touchdown and Chris Patterson's point-after kick gave the Indians a 24-7 lead with 13:54 to play.
"That shut the lid on them," Tanner said. "You could just see Kemper quit trying to win after that."
Haskell added its final touchdown at the 5:12 mark when McGee punched the ball in from five yards out.
Haskell will play host to Highland Community College next Saturday night.