Unable to slow down Capital’s offense in the first half, Burlington-Edison was desperate to generate any kind of momentum at the start of the third quarter.
How about an onside kick?
Find some unassuming lineman in the front row, ricochet the ball off him, recover and you’re back in business.
The only problem with that scenario is the lineman the Tigers picked was Baylor Hahn.
The converted tight end is about as athletic an offensive tackle as you’ll find. And he showed that by securing the squib kick after the ball bounced off his chest, sidestepping a wave of Burlington-Edison players and racing 43 yards before being dragged to the ground.
Hahn’s step brother Kai Van Sickle punched it in from 7 yards out on the very next play.
The momentum was all Capital’s from there on out.
Van Sickle rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries as the Cougars easily knocked off the visiting Tigers, 46-19, in Class 2A state quarterfinal action Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium.
Capital (10-2) advances to the state semifinals for the 10th time in school history, but for the first time in the 2A classification.