Hazen dominates at home
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen offense couldn’t get rolling during Week 1, but during last week’s home opener the Hazen offense found a way to explode. The Hazen Bison scored 48 points in their home opener win over Bottineau.
The game started with Hazen making a silly mistake, but evolved into Hazen utterly dominating.
Hazen forced Bottineau to punt on their first offensive possession of the game, but a roughing the punter penalty negated the punt and gave Bottineau a first down and chance to score. Bottineau moved the ball to the 21-yard line and looked primed for a score.
A delay of game penalty moved Bottineau five yards back, then things started to unravel. Austin Kittleson was picked off by Hazen senior defensive back Quentin Corcoran at the 1-yard line.
Hazen’s offense was pinned near their own goal line and seemed to be struggling. Hazen starting quarterback Wyatt Carr faced a third-and-8 from the 4-yard line.
The play call was simple and effective, an option play. Carr decided to keep the ball and ran untouched for a 96-yard touchdown. The Point After Attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 6-0.
Hazen’s defense continued to play well, forcing a 3-and-out to get the ball back. Bottineau’s defense kept playing well enough to force third and fourth downs, but couldn’t seem to finish their defensive stands.
Carr and the Bison offense faced a fourth-and-7 from the 37-yard line when Carr found senior wide out Jeremy Leintz for a 37-yard touchdown. Hazen Head Coach Bret Johnsrud elected to go for two points. Carr ran in the conversion, giving Hazen a 14-0 lead.