By Colin Foster for Press Pros
Based on how the first half had gone, who would have thought that the drive would end in points? But it did.
The Cardinal QB would be back in the end zone a few minutes later.
“We just talked about this being adversity (at halftime). We knew we were going to face this at some point in the playoffs,” New Bremen coach Chris Schmidt said. “We just said there’s two ways we can respond to it. We can get upset and make excuses and point fingers and do this and that or we can suck it up and just play. Battle through it. Do our jobs. When the opportunities present themselves, try to take advantage and put ourselves in the best position possible. The kids just decided to do that.
“When you come play a rain game on the road, in the mud, in the playoffs, you’ve got to bring your defense and your kicking game,” St. Henry coach Brad Luthman. “On the first drive of the second half, we let them convert a fourth-and-5 when we were out of sorts, and then we got two punts blocked. That was the story of the game. … I don’t think we played bad defense.
“When it’s your senior year, you’ve got to expect to win a state title,” Hays said. “Every game you win, you’ve got to celebrate the night up but then you’re back to work the next week. I know Loramie’s a tough team. They’re going to be hard-nosed. If we can corral them, then we know we got Marion the next week and that’s going to be a good game. But we’ve got to keep our heads focused on this next week.”