Hazen FB locks in home field advantage
By Jarann Johnson
The state media poll for Class A football had Killdeer and Hazen both ranked in the top 5 of the state, but the game was about much more than rankings. The game represented who was going to have home field advantage in the playoffs.
A win meant playoff games in the comfort of home and an easy route to the state championship. Killdeer looked poised to win the game early on but had a melt down near the end of the first half and fell 33-25.
The game started with Hazen pushing into the red zone first. Hazen pushed the ball all the way down to the 11-yard line, but wasn’t able to convert a 4th-and-7.
Hazen senior wideout Quentin Corcoran dropped a pass in the end zone and the first quarter came to an end with no score. Things kept going against Hazen.
Killdeer starting quarterback Alex Sadowsky finished off an 89-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak, and Dillan Jepson made the Point After Attempt. Killdeer was up 7-0 with 8 minutes and 28 seconds to go in the second half.
Killdeer’s Head Coach decided to gamble with the lead and got burned by Hazen’s star quarterback, Wyatt Carr. Killdeer’s coaching staff called for a blitz from the left outside linebacker spot, and Carr escaped for a 77-yard touchdown.
Killdeer popped in another touchdown drive but Jepson missed the extra point, which meant Hazen would have a chance to take the lead if they scored. Carr made sure his team got that chance.