Hunter Hauser has opened plenty of running lanes for the undefeated Holmen Vikings. Roles got reversed for one play this past Friday.
"It was just nice for people to block for me, I guess and kind of just return the favor," said Hauser.
After Holmen scored the go-ahead touchdown in their WIAA Level 2 playoff game against La Crosse Central, head coach Steve King asked the anchor of his offensive and defensive lines to line up in the backfield.
Hauser found his way into the endzone on the two point conversion for a pivotal score that put Holmen up by seven points, 14-7. It was his first career carry.
"I was like, I don't want to fumble the ball," recalled Hauser. "Arm to the quarterback. I definitely didn't want to fumble the football. I did that the first time we actually ran it in practice."
Teammates like Dillon Martinez were happy to see the 6'4", 320 pound senior to get his opportunity as a short-yardage back.
"So excited. I like it when my friends have success. Especially Hunter, when he gets to block for us all the time and he never really gets any glory. And he got in there and he did his dance. Oh, it was great!"
HAIRCUTS: Many on the team will feature Mohawks when they take the field at Titan Stadium Saturday to face Oshkosh North.
"Girls don't like them," said Martinez. "But they'll stay until we lose."