Bison host Bottineau in
The Hazen Bison have out-quicked their opponents, breaking big play after big play on their way to an 8-1 season record and fourth consecutive playoff birth.
The Bottineau Stars are young and physical, and have worn down their opponents to the tune of a 6-3 season record.
The two teams do battle in a first-round playoff game in Hazen at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Bison faced the Stars in the second game of the season at Bottineau, easily handling them 27-7. The rematch, however, may not come so easily to the Bison, Hazen head coach Rick Philion said.
"(Bottineau) had a brand new offense at the beginning of the year," Philion said. "They were a little raw with it yet, but from what I hear they are getting much better at it and are much more experienced."
The Stars are also tough on defense – having shut out two of their last four opponents – and feature an offense run by a seasoned and strong-armed third-year starting quarterback, who wields "Probably the strongest arm we’ve seen all year," Philion noted. "They play hard from start to finish."