Hayden Haas, shown here coralling his 12th touchdown catch of the season against Kerrville-Tivy, is the first Seguin receiver to top 1,000 yards in a season since Da'Shawn Singletary totaled 1,156 in 2008. Photo by Andie Rangel.
(Seguin) - Seguin will play the role of spectator rather than participant in the UIL football playoffs for the 11th straight season after a lopsided 49-28 loss to Kerrville-Tivy Friday night in the final home game of the year at Matador Stadium.
The loss drops the Matadors to 1-5 in Disrict 26-5A, 2-6 overall, and mathematically eliminates Seguin from contention for one of the district's four available playoff seeds.
Tivy took an early 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Karson Valverde five players after a Seguin fumble, but the Matadors answered with an 89-yard drive, capped by 15-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Gonzalez to Hayden Haas.
The 7-7 didn't last long. The Antlers used touchdown passes of 64, 73, and 24 yards to build a 28-7 halftime lead and extended the cushion to 42-7 in the third quarter before Seguin strung two scores together to make it a 21-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Gonzalez snuck into the end zone from the one-yard line with 3:12 left in the third period, and found a wide-open Michael Mickles for a 75-yard touchdown on a scrambling throw with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Mats would come no closer, as Tivy pushed the margin to 49-21 on Hunter Saunders' nine-yard rushing touchdown with 1:38 remaining in the final frame. Seguin's final score came on a 57-yard screen pass from Jhaelen Mickles to Darian Shannon as time expired.
The Antlers piled up 520 yards against Seguin in 2016, and the Mats were determined to defend the run better this time around. That effort came at the expense of Tivy making big plays in the passing game and converting multiple third downs to extend drives.
"We were determined to stop the run, which was going to force them to throw the football, and we had to hold up in the passing game, and looking at the first half, just gave up too many big plays in the passing game, and so many of those were on third down," Seguin head coach Travis Bush said. "That's been a point of emphasis for us of getting off the field on third down, and two of those long touchdowns were third-and-long, and we've got to learn to amp up on third down."
Haas, who now has 12 touchdown receptions this season, needed 43 yards coming in to become Seguin's first 1,000-yard receiver since DaShawn Singletary eclipsed the milestone with 1,156 in 2008. Haas, a junior who has played outside, in the slot, and at tight end over the course of this year, has exemplified every quality offensive coaches look for in a receiver, according to Bush.
"He's got really good ball skills, and that's the key to being a good receiver," the coach said. "He knows how to use his body, he knows how to adjust to football, and he's got great hands. He's got height, and he's got speed. Putting him on the inside as an inside receiver can get some matchups against safeties and linebackers, which aren't used to covering one-on-one like corners do. He's done a great job. He's a hard worker, has a great attitude, and the stuff we talk about - guys that are succeeding right now are the guys that are doing everything right in our program."
Seguin wraps up the 2017 season with a road game against Boerne-Champion at Boerne ISD Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:30.