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Athlete of the Week: Hempstead's Brock Haas

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Ten weeks, on a rainy day in August, the Hempstead Mustangs took the practice field knowing they has some big shoes to fill.

"Sure enough we plugged in some more kids and 7 wins later we're in the playoffs. So we're very proud of what we can do with our system. And the kids that we plugged in there did a great job," said head coach Mark Ehlers.

After loosing Josh Lenz to the Cyclones, Coach Ehlers turned to his seniors to fill the void. Ten weeks later, on and rainy night in October they returned to the gridiron.

"We've got a great team, everybody on this team works hard in practice everyday," said Brock Haas.

Captain Brock Haas is helping fill those shoes.

"I think what's really neat is he's a great kid. You can always count on him. He's been one of those kids who're gonna really hard to loose and hopefully we can keep him for a couple more games," said Ehlers.

Playing both sides of the field as linebacker and running back, Brock has the three years of varsity play. And the versatility to fit anywhere.

"So quick that we can use him in 2 or 3 different spots but I like him in the middle, his coach likes him in the middle too. Just because he can fun down plays. His speed is a great factor of us," said Ehlers.

Leading the conference in tackles and leading his team to the playoffs.

"This is my 3rd year on varsity so I probably have the most experience but everybody on this team, they know what they're supposed to do," said Haas.

Wednesday night the Mustangs shut out Davenport Central 23-7. Brock scored this 2 yard touchdown in the third. And ran the ball well. Gaining 81 yards on 15 carries.

"He was a smart player but now he's even smarter. He allows himself to be a leader out there. He calls some of his own defense. He's really gotten to be a smart football player but now he's even smarter and a better leader now," said Ehlers.

Of course he can't do it alone, while his resume is impressive and numbers don't lie, he certainly won't take all the credit.

"They go out and get our job done every night and we've gonna keep up going," said Haas.

The Mustangs hope to keep it going through monday's first round playoff - in the meantime Brock says this is exactly where they wanted to be two months ago.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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