Killdeer upsets top ranked Hazen in overtime 14-6
By Lee Coleman
The claps of thunder from the battlefield grew louder and louder as the day grew nigh. One, then another, as the warriors laid it all on the line and left it all on the field.
In the game of football, it is said familiarity breeds contempt and if that is true, then Bison Field ran amok with it Saturday as two teams, just four games removed from playing each other, clashed in a monumental game of will, determination and heart.
This was the semi-finals of the Class A state football championships and they were our Hazen Bison and the Killdeer Cowboys.
Tied 6-6 at the end of regulation, Killdeer senior quarterback Trenton Rohr ran in from six yards out and senior John Knopik converted the two-point conversion in the first Killdeer possession of overtime to push the Cowboys out to a 14-6 advantage.
On Hazen’s possession to try and tie the game, the Bison faced a fourth down at the 3-yard line. Going with their bread-and-butter option attack, senior quarterback Connor Doll ran an option right but his pitch to running back Wyatt Carr was offline and the Cowboys pounced on the tumbling football, securing the 14-6 victory while handing Hazen their first defeat in 30 games.
“It was a tough loss,” said Hazen head coach Rick Philion. “Our kids played their hearts out. They prepared so hard for this. They knew what was coming and they knew what to do.
“I am very proud of our kids. I am very proud of the way they played.”