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On This Day In History | 1948

November 20, 2010

Kendall “Shorty” Haff made his mark on the ’48 season

After dropping their opening game to Newark, the Bruins ripped off 6 straight wins over Poly Prep, Horace Mann, Adelphi Academy, Northport, St. Paul’s and Trinity and looked to close their best season in 24 years with a victory against Seton Hall.  However, 6 seconds into the contest the Brook found themselves down a touchdown after what Res Gestae 1949 described as “ignorance of the rules on dead balls.”  After the Blue and White blocked the extra point they marched down the field to Seton Hall’s 11 yard line before Stony Brook Hall of Famer Kendall Haff fumbled the ball over to the opposition.  The boys still trailed 0-6 as the 2nd quarter began when Haff made up for his error by throwing a touchdown to Carl Hansen.  The ensuing extra point was missed leaving the squads deadlocked at 6-6.  The Brooker defense held on the next possession, forcing Seton Hall to punt, after which Haff drove the Bruins down the field before taking it over himself for a 12-6 edge.  After another fruitless possession for the visitors, Milt Evers ran for a score and after his brother Henry notched the extra point the Blue and White took a commanding 19-6 lead.  In the 3rd quarter John Luft provided the home team’s final points in the 21-12 win.

We ended the football season with a 7-1 record, the best at Stony Brook since the undefeated season on 1924.

~ Res Gestae 1949

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