Archbishop Hannan prepared for No. 1 De La Salle

November 17, 2017

Archbishop Hannan Hawks will battle the De La Salle Cavaliers at Pan American Stadium Friday in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs.

Coach Scott Wattigny said he is extremely excited for the team and is looking forward to the challenge.

“Over the last two weeks our team has accomplished some incredible things. We finished the season 8-2, which is one of the better records in school history,” Wattigny said.

After the Hawks earned the No. 8 seed, Wattigny knew that this guaranteed a first round playoff game at home.

“We won our first round playoff game, which is something that hadn’t been done in a long time,” Wattigny said. “Needless to say, at this time, I couldn’t be more proud of our coaches, players, and support staff (trainers/managers).”

The Hawks have been preparing all season for this.

“We are facing a tough opponent that deserves all the recognition they can get. Over the last 5-6 weeks we have been tracking where we may be seeded in the playoffs. We knew ahead of time that it was highly probable that we would play De La Salle,” Wattigny said. “So for the last several weeks we have been gathering information, studying film, and making game plan preparations for the possibility of this moment.”

Wattigny said a second round away playoff game wouldn’t phase his team.

Wattigny said that you can’t be a good team without winning on the road and they intend to win just like they do every week.

Senior Christopher Rabensteiner said that, at first, he thought they had no shot against De La Salle, but after watching film that the have a chance.

“I think the team is as prepared as it can be. We need to watch more film and be ready to do our assignment on Friday at a million miles an hour,“ Rabensteiner said.

Rabensteiner and the Hawks are trying their best to be completely prepared for this game.

“I think my success running the ball, and the offense’s overall success running the ball will really condense the defense. This will open the passing game up so that we can run pass and play action plays effectively,” Rabensteiner said.

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