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Archive for Monday, September 3, 2001

Haskell anxious for home game

September 3, 2001

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"We're ready for a home game, no doubt about it," HINU coach Graham Snelding said.

That will be this Saturday against McPherson College. Kickoff will be 7 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.

Haskell's players returned early Sunday from Ellendale, N.D., -- 14 hours going; 14 hours returning -- where they bowed to Trinity Bible College, 26-17, on Saturday afternoon.

The week before the Fightin' Indians had spent 10 hours busing to and from Muskogee, Okla., where they dropped a 48-20 decision to Bacone College.

Saturday's loss was particularly galling because the Indians blew a 17-8 lead. TBC rallied for 18 points in the fourth quarter, helped mainly by Haskell errors.

"Our special teams did us in again," said Snelding, who had emphasized improvement in that area following the loss to Bacone. "Our punting game really hurt us. Bad snaps gave them the ball where they could score."

HINU quarterback Peter Hahn completed 22 of 51 passes for 301 yards, including touchdown passes of 73 yards to Dallas Horn and 17 yards to Joe Spears. But Hahn, a transfer from Florida State, also threw four interceptions.

Hahn tossed two TD passes -- both to Horn -- that were called back because of holding penalties. Also, a 70-yard TD run by Bobby Dodson was wiped out when the officials ruled he received the ball on a forward lateral.

"I'm not one to talk about officiating," Snelding said, "but it was really bad. Both those holding flags were thrown, for instance, after Horn was in the end zone."

Haskell was penalized 15 times for 118 yards; TBC seven times for 55 yards.

Haskell surrendered only 201 yards -- 106 rushing and 95 passing -- to the Lions who were playing their season opener.

"Our defense as a whole played very well," said Snelding who cited the play of cornerbacks Joe Byrd and Brett Blythe.

Haskell also had a 17-yard field goal from Scott Giroux.

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