By Dan Angell
For the Herald
CAMANCHE — As soon as Northeast quarterback Will Hasken’s knee hit the turf on the final snap of the Rebels’ 27-12 win over Camanche, the Northeast student section raced over to the exit to Camanche’s field to greet their team with a tunnel to celebrate.
After waiting more than a full calendar year to see a victory, nobody in light blue wanted to wait one second longer.
Hasken got his team started with a 57-yard touchdown to Nick Wall, and the Rebels controlled the rest of the contest. Tevin Stoecker added two second-half rushing touchdowns to put the game well out of the Indians’ reach, allowing Northeast to ruin Camanche’s homecoming, snap a 13-game losing streak and give coach Jerad Block his first victory with the Rebels on Friday night at Camanche High School.
“It’s kind of a relief,” said a drenched Block after the Rebels gave him the traditional
StrokeStyle/$ID/SolidSEE REBELS PAGE 3B cooler bath in celebration. “It kind of reassures the fact that all the hard work the kids put in during the summer, August and early practices, this is what it’s all for, this feeling right now.”
The victory was the first for Northeast (1-5, 1-2 in Class 2A District 4) since a 27-26 triumph over North Cedar on August 24, 2012, a span of 406 days that saw the Rebels held to single digits in eight of their 13 defeats. It was a pair of sophomores who hadn’t been around for most of the streak who helped provide the beginning of its end.
On the Rebels’ second possession of the contest, Hasken got enough time to throw and launched a deep pass in the direction of Nick Wall, who found himself in single coverage in the center of the field. Hasken’s pass hit Wall in the hands, leaving the receiver to simply move to his left and win the foot race, giving the Rebels an early 7-0 lead.