Hazen Bison pick up win as No.1 team
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison had a lot to prove in their first game of the year against Beulah. But agaisnt South McLean, a team that usually doesn’t challenge them, the Bison weren’t at 100 percent for most of the game and struggled to dominate in the first half before rolling out to a 47-13 win.
The Bison looked like the No. 1 team in the state early on. They lead 14-0 after a Jonah Zimmerman 4-yard touchdown rush, 60-yard touchdown pass from Connor Doll to Hunter Steffen and a Doll interception.
But after that it looked like the No.1 team in the stae relaxed and that’s when Southern McLean wide out and dual sprot athlete Zach Schell made them pay. The star wideout caught a 12-yard touchdown pass after a questionable fumble by Steffen near the away team side line.
Steffan was on his way out of bounds when the ball popped out and danced near the sideline. The refs ruled that Steffen wasn’t out of bounds when he fumbled on the play.
After scoring the extra point Southern McLean had hope a fumble on a option play by Doll to Steffen made that hope grow. But late in the half the Bison stepped on some of that hope.
The Bison ran their two-minute offense and got a scoring pass-play with 39.5 seconds left. Connor Doll , Bison starting quarterback, couldn’t find anyone open but maintained his composure and saw Chase Bruner find an open space in the end zone.