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Faces in KS: Conor Haviland

Conor Haviland is having a breakout year in 2A for the Cubs. (photo: Mike Myer)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Oct 17, 2018

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Humboldt junior Conor Haviland is having a breakout year to say the least as are the 7-0 Cubs who have dominated everything in their path over the course of the 2018 football season.

Haviland, who stands 6-foot-0 and 185-pounds, uses his speed and vision to be in impact player that has resulted in 29 total touchdowns in seven weeks. Haviland has 953 yards rushing with 23 scores, 138 yards receiving for two scores and 365 punt return yards for four scores. If Haviland touches the ball, there’s a chance it’s going to the endzone. He averages 15.6 yards per carry out of the backfield, yes that is crazy. His punt return average is a ridiculous 40.6 yards per return. He is by far the most dangerous player in the Tri-Valley League for 2018.

While Haviland has seen a ton of success, the Humboldt Cubs (2A) were expected to have a big year under head coach Logan Wyrick with five back on offense and six on defense for a squad that went 7-3 in 2017. Tucker Hurst, Dagen Goodner and David Watts are also big-time breakout players this season for the Cubs and were expected to be. Watts has 15 tackles for loss on defense and has nearly been unblockable. Goodner has transitioned nicely to quarterback and has over 500 rushing, 600 plus passing and 40 plus tackles on defense. He has 21 combined touchdowns on the season. Hurst has also added 10 tackles for loss on defense and has four touchdown catches. Keep in mind, the players are doing all of this sometimes in a half or less due to total domination mode of their opponents in 2018.

Haviland’s year may be more so a surprise out of the backfield, however he did have a huge year as a return man in 2017 as a sophomore in which he had over 500 yards of returns, two which went for touchdowns. Haviland now has over 3,100 yards of all-purpose yards and has the rest of this year left as well as an entire senior year left next season. He was also an all-state pick as a defensive back last season and has seen limited reps this season at the position due to blowouts. Haviland will have a lot more opportunities on defense to shine against better competition when the 2A playoffs hit.

Haviland also plays baseball where he is a two-time all-state selection in two years of high school. He was a part of the 19-under AA Legion basebll team in Iola that won the 2018 state tournament. He hit .431 as a sophomore last spring with five doubles, four tripls and 25 RBI. He also hit .400 as freshman with four doubles, three triples, and 21 RBI in 2017. Haviland also averaged 13.3 points per game for the Humboldt basketball team last season as a sophomore. There's not much the junior from Southeast Kansas can't do. 

Humboldt has scored 56 touchdowns this season while averaging 276.4 yards rushing per game and 97 yards passing per game. They average 58.1 points per game, which ranks near the top in all-classes of Kansas. The Cubs have only allowed 32 points all season, have two shut outs and haven’t allowed more than one single touchdown in any of the seven games. Humboldt, who has already wrapped up a district title, will be back in action this Friday against Southeast-Cherokee (4-3). The playoffs will certainly get tougher for Humboldt, who hasn’t had a great schedule overall, but the Cubs are rolling in 2018 and a big reason is Haviland. While Humboldt has one of the best stadiums in 2A, they may likely have one of the better teams on the 2A East. 

We caught up with the outstanding senior who had 247 rushing yards on 12 carries with seven touchdowns last Friday against Northeast Arma. He didn’t have a carry after the nine-minute mark of the second quarter.

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How did you get involved in football?

I got involved in the 3rd grade it was my first year of tackle football.

What are your goals this season?

I have many goals to accomplish this year but the main one is to go deep in the playoffs.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Yes, we have put in the time and work to do so.

What makes you such a force as a player?

My speed and my vision of the field.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

This year’s atmosphere has been the best in my high school career, it’s amazing seeing the whole town out there supporting us.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

To see what we are all about and how we like to play football.

Who are other key players on your team?

We have a very talented roster but, Dagen Goodner, Tucker Hurst and David Watts stick out to me.

Favorite thing about football?

Being able to step on the field with my brothers and competing to our best.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

I’m involved in basketball and baseball as well. I am the point guard in basketball and left fielder in baseball.

What is it like to play for your coach?

Being able to play for Coach Wyrick is an amazing feeling because he wants you to be the best version of yourself on and off the field.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

We hit the weight room hard during the summer to become stronger and faster.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I would like to see myself playing at the next level.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

Hanging out with friends and spending time with family.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully living a successful life.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

History would have to be my favorite subject, and I keep a 3.5 GPA

Who is your role model?

My dad because he wants the best for me.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

A&W in Iola no doubt.