Haubner, T-Birds liven up offense to get first win

HALLSVILLE — Junior quarterback Jake Haubner helped the North Callaway Thunderbirds energize what had been a flat offense in recent weeks.

Haubner threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a score Friday night as North Callaway finally broke into the win column with a 37-12 Mid-Missouri Conference manhandling of the Hallsville Indians.

The Thunderbirds — who had scored just a total of seven points in their previous two games — improved to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the MMC. North Callaway’s defense also did its part Friday night, supplying two scores while harassing Hallsville (1-3, 0-2) into committing four turnovers.

“It was a great team performance, both offensively and defensively,” Thunderbirds head coach Mike Emmons said. “The defense did a great job, especially in the first half, of shutting Miles Drummond down.

“Offensively, (Hallsville) was stacking close to the line of scrimmage to stop the run. We did a great job of getting our receivers open and Jake did a great job of hitting them.”

Haubner, who had struggled since throwing three touchdown passes in a 36-28, season-opening loss to Eldon on Aug. 26, responded with a crisp effort Friday night. He completed 12-of-18 passes and was intercepted only once.

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