(Player Spotlight) - Dave Haupt #17 - Kicker, Defensive End, backup Quarterback, and Specialty Teams. *Ironman Player
Dave was our kicker, our backup quarterback, and our starting right defensive end. He kicked off, kicked field goals, and extra points. Dave was exactly like this picture shows, a nice guy. It was guys like Dave and Chuck Coates that made the game fun because we had our share of chest thumpers, me included, and we needed some levity from time to time. Dave easily stepped in the void when Ron Beverly, Jr. got injured, and he led us. Dave could have started for any team in our league because he was a very good QB. During game #4 against Dixon, our starting quarterback Ronnie was injured, and left at the end of the first half in an ambulance with a concussion. Dave stepped in at the helm, and stepped up and directed the winning touchdown. We won that game 19-14. Dave was an excellent kicker, too, and rarely missed the uprights. He was capable of kicking long field goals, as he made a 55-yarder in practice. As a defensive end, he contained the outside forcing the play inward. Those teams that tested Dave, usually came up short when running to his side. Dave took his athletic skills he learned being a great skateboarder and utilized them on the gridiron. Dave was an important member of the 1984 squad. He did his job well, scored points, and made us laugh when we needed it. The picture of Dave is in Hilmar, when we won 20-14, securing a 12-0 record and winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship. Thanks for the memories, Dave. You took names.