Haack, who has verbally committed to UL, completed 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the blowout at Tully Stadium. The senior tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Stein Spiller in the first quarter and hit Jordan Thompson off play-action with a 40-yard scoring strike in the third period before sitting out the final six minutes.
Afterward, Haack was less concerned with his individual stats and more excited about helping nationally ranked Katy (8-0, 5-0 District 19-5A) stay undefeated with two weeks left in the regular season.
“You can throw the stats out the window,” Haack said. “I’m all about the team and us getting the win. Our first goal is to win a district championship then a state championship. Now we’re one step closer to our goal.”
That mentality is what Katy coach Gary Joseph loves about Haack, who is rated the nation’s No. 89 senior quarterback by Scout.com. The second-year full-time starter has Katy nationally ranked by at least six organizations, including No. 3 in Scout.com’s rankings.
“The kid is a winner,” said Joseph, who led Katy to state titles in 2007 and ’08. “He doesn’t worry about stats; he just worries about winning ballgames. He’s been like that since Day 1. Around our place it’s about filling up the trophy case and winning championships.”
Haack is the main reason why Katy is playing well enough to add more hardware to a trophy case that already holds six state championship trophies.
With Donovan Young (a 2,300-yard rusher in 2010) now at Illinois, blue-chip running back Adam Taylor was set to lead the offense this year but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. Joseph, in turn, made some changes to Katy’s I-formation attack, and Haack has produced jaw-dropping numbers for a unit averaging 44 points per game.
Including Friday’s performance, Haack has completed 65 percent of his passes as a senior for 1,430 yards with 23 touchdowns and zero – yes, zero – interceptions. He has thrown at least two TD passes in all eight games, including a school-record six in a 55-3 win over Strake Jesuit on Sept. 30. He’s also rushed for five scores.
The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Haack has made big strides since becoming a starter during Katy’s playoff run to the Class 5A Division II title game in 2009. Last season he earned all-district honors while passing for 1,509 yards and 17 touchdowns for a 13-1 squad that fell to eventual Class 5A Division I state champion Pearland in the state quarterfinals.
“He’s taken it upon himself to get better and take on more of a leadership role this season,” Joseph said. “He’s not just a drop-back passer. He has a strong arm, is very mobile, can make plays with his feet and is a good athlete.”
Haack is already in an exclusive club that includes former Katy quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Bo Levi Mitchell. Dalton led Katy to the 2005 Class 5A Division II state final as a senior, became a star at TCU and now starts for the Cincinnati Bengals. Mitchell won a state title, played at SMU and was a 2011 preseason All-American after leading Eastern Washington to the 2010 FCS national championship.
“Growing up as a kid I was around them all the time,” Haack said of Dalton and Mitchell. “They were great and positive influences on me. I keep in touch with them quite a bit. We have a connection because they’ve been here before.”
In September, Haack committed to the Cajuns and their first-year coach Mark Hudspeth over offers from North Texas, Wyoming and Texas State. The chance to join his sister – Matte Haack plays softball for the Cajuns – in Lafayette and attend college only four hours from home was too much to pass up.
Haack said no new schools have tried to change his mind since he committed to the Cajuns (6-2, 4-1 Sun Belt). He remains firm with his college choice and now is focused on his senior season.
“I’m happy with where I am right now,” Haack said. “That’s a great program, and coach Hud has been doing a great job with them this year. I’m excited to get up there next year.”
Joseph has high hopes for Haack with the Cajuns.
“Their coaches have called and asked me about him,” Joseph said. “I think he’s got an opportunity to be great for them.”