HUMBOLDT — The Kason Siemens to Jake Haviland connection proved quite potent Friday night.
Of Haviland’s four catches, three went for touchdowns in Humboldt High’s 26-18 win over visiting Eureka.
The win snaps a two-game skid and puts Humboldt at 2-3 on the season.
Humboldt racked up 469 yards of total offense, but it was the Cub defense that sealed the win, keeping the Tornadoes scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“I was proud of our kids, effort,” head coach K.B. Criss said. “They found a way to get the win in a hard fought game.”
Siemens found Haviland for a 51-yard strike to give Humboldt a 7-6 lead midway through the second quarter. The same duo hooked up with 10 seconds left in the half to re-establish a 14-12 lead.
Rhett Smith was next, pulling in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Siemens to extend the lead to 20-12.
Eureka scored less than 30 seconds later to cut the deficit to 20-18 before Siemens found Haviland for a 34-yard scoring toss with 1:30 left in the third to cap the scoring.
“Offensively, we were able to do move the ball through the air and on the ground,” Criss said. “We still made to many mistakes on both sides of the ball and need to keep improving on doing the little things right every time.”
Jacob Carpenter rushed for 82 yards, while Bryce Isaacs added 37, Siemens had 24 and Corey Whitcomb 20.
Haviland covered 138 yards on his four catches, while Smith had three receptions for 99 yards. Anthony Doran chipped in with a 36-yard reception. Whitcomb had two catches for 35 yards.
Carpenter kept busy on defense with 16 tackles. Haviland added seven stops.
Dalton Lyon threw two touchdowns to Deallen Nelson covering 65 and 34 yards. Lyon also scored on a one-yard run.
Humboldt returns to action next Friday at home against Fredonia.
Eureka — Nelson 65 yd pass from Lyon (PAT failed)
Humboldt — Haviland 51 yd pass from Siemens (Smith kick)
Eureka — Nelson 34 yd pass from Lyon (PAT failed)
Humboldt — Haviland 26 yd pass from Siemens (Smith kick)
Humboldt — Smith 70 yd pass from Siemens (PAT failed)
Eureka — Lyon 1 yd run (PAT failed)
Humboldt — Haviland 34 yd pass from Siemens (PAT failed)
First Downs 8 16
Rushes-yds 31-172 42-152
Passing yds 126 317
Total offense 298 469
Comp-Att-TD 6-19-2 11-24-4
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Punts-Avg 6/24 2/21
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