The Edgar Wildcats will be playing in their 13th state championship game Thursday, and Kaleb Hafferman is a big reason why.
In the Wildcat’s Level four playoff match up against Bangor, Hafferman scored three total touchdowns, including the game sealing pick six, to help his team advance to their second straight state championship game.
“I have pretty good teammates,” said Hafferman. “They just did an incredible job not just me. Like on my pick six, I don’t remember, but someone was sacking the QB while he threw it so I just had to go pick the ball off.
But Hafferman making big plays in big moments isn’t anything new for Edgar.
“It’s not a surprise that he did it,” said Edgar’s Head Coach Jerry Sinz. “I think he has four pass interceptions this year and he’s returned three of them for touchdowns. He also has a couple punt returns for touchdowns, I think he’s got a fumble recovery for a touchdown maybe a kickoff return for a touchdown so he’s got touchdowns in a lot of different ways. Heady players tend to do that.”
It’s entirely possible that Hafferman’s high football IQ and ability to make impact plays comes from growing up in a football family.
“My dad did play football and I think he was pretty good,” said Hafferman. “My cousin Karson Butt, he graduated last year, he was a really good football player, and then my brother Alec Hafferman he was a really good football player.”
But just because the Hafferman family has a lot of football experience and talent, don’t expect to hear any football trash talk around the table at Thanksgiving.
“We love each other so we just think that comparing would be just be bad, and every year is different,” said Hafferman
Hafferman will suit up for the Edgar Wildcats for the final time Thursday against Blackhawk/Warren as he looks to end his senior season with a Division 7 State Championship.