For the first time in school history, the New Haven High School varsity football team has clinched an outright claim to the 2013 Northeast Hoosier Conference title with Friday night’s 45-20 victory over Homestead. Prior to Friday night, New Haven was one of only 3 schools in the 8 school Northeast Hoosier Conference that had never quite managed to grab the elusive football crown in the NHC’s 24 year history.
Now, only Bellmont and Carroll remain in the conference championship-less category. New Haven joins Norwell in the one-timer club, while Columbia City has won two championships, East Noble has won 5 championships, DeKalb has won 6 championships, and Homestead has won 16 championships (1992, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010 were all co-championships).
The NHC title caps off a stellar regular season for the Bulldogs, who closed out the final week of high school football action at home with a win, making their record 8-1 on October 18th, 2013. The Bulldogs were led to a decisive victory over Homestead by quarterback Vance Shearer, who threw for 2 TD’s and 114 yards, and senior running back Ariest Vasquez, who logged 197 yards, recovered a fumbled and ran in 3 TD’s during his final regular season game as a Bulldog. Junior Adam Hoffer was named the MaxPreps Defensive Player of the Game for his on-field contributions, posting 9 tackles and a sack on Friday night.
It’s an exciting time to be a Bulldog fan, as the team now looks ahead to the first Sectional pairing match-up of 2013 with Fort Wayne South Side this coming Friday, October 25th, 2013 at South Side. The Archers will take to the field on Friday night with a regular season record of 3-6.