HAUGHTON — Rodney Guin loathes talking about himself and any accolades that come his way.
After a slow start, twins Jerrod and Jarred Craft spoke for him. Jerrod Craft sparked Haughton’s early comeback with a 99-yard kickoff return and Jarred Craft gave the Bucs their first lead of what turned into a record-setting 51-28 victory over Fair Park with a 17-yard touchdown run.
“He’s the life of Haughton High School,” Jarred Craft said. “I’m just glad to contribute to such a win.”
The script for Guin’s 103rd career victory didn’t start as planned.
Fair Park took advantage of a failed fake punt and an early Jarred Craft fumble to take a 14-0 lead and stun the Haughton homecoming crowd.
“I knew to be able to hang in, we’d have to get up early,” Fair Park coach Mike Greene said.
Jerrod Craft accelerated a seasonlong problem for Fair Park (0-5) immediately after the Indians took the two-touchdown lead.
The junior fielded the kickoff just in front of the goal line, went up the left sideline behind several blockers and cut back to his right to cover the final 20 or so yards of a 99-yard kickoff return score that awakened the slumbering Buccaneers (5-0).
“We just knew we had to make a big comeback,” said Jerrod Craft, who added a 38-yard touchdown catch from James Almond in the third quarter. “We didn’t want to lose this. We had to step up our tempo, make some big plays and get back in it.”
Once the second half hit, the Bucs’ advantage in quality depth showed.
With Fair Park employing several two-way players, Almond and the Bucs took advantage.
When Jarred Craft began to gash the Indians on the ground, Almond, a Northwestern State commitment, took them apart through the air, connecting on eight straight passes to start the game.
Almond never slowed, finishing 12-of-14 for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
“We were trying to keep the tempo up and that helps,” Almond said. “I have four great athletes out there and that really helps.
And it helped force the “life” of Haughton talk about what he has accomplished.
“It’s a big deal here,” Guin said. “Two really good coaches before me got this thing started. I’m a lucky guy to work here. I say that all the time. To follow the people I did and the standard they set, that’s why we work so hard to keep that going.”
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