Fargodome or bust
By Jarann Johnson
The Bison are about to charge into the Fargodome, but it won’t be North Dakota State University.
This season has been a testament of Hazen’s ability to explode at any moment. Teams that have gotten close to Hazen have found out about their explosive killer offense. That explosive killer offense struck again on Saturday, when the Bison topped Des Lacs-Burlington in an away Class A state semifinal playoff game 34-8.
In the first round of the Class A state playoffs, Rugby hung around for one half, only trailing the Bison 21-15. But the Bison exploded in the third quarter, scoring 27 unanswered points and pulled away for a 48-20 win.
In the second round the Bison had another explosion, this time after a 7-7 first quarter stalemate with Lewis and Clark-Our Redeemers. The Bison scored 36 unanswered points in the second quarter and pulled away for a 56-14 win.
So the only question heading into Saturday’s game with Des Lacs-Burlington was, “When’s Hazen’s offense going to explode?” The explosion didn’t happen in the first quarter. Both teams battled to a 0-0 tie.
The explosion started to slowly simmer in the second quarter. Briar Bornemann, a senior running back, converted a fourth-and-1, then with about 11:47 left in the second quarter Bornemann dashed into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown, capping an 87-yard drive. Hunter Fears added the extra point making the score 7-0.