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Hazen has winning formula

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Hazen has won 17 straight games, and been ranked number 1, all season long.
    In the first round of the playoffs, Hazen rolled past Rugby, picking up their post season success right where they left off after last years 2012 state title.
    Here's more on the Bison's Winning formula.

Run-- like a thundering herd of Bison-- that's the cornerstone for Hazen's success.

(RICK PHILION/ HAZEN HEAD COACH) "We are running the ball real well and that's pretty much what we are doing is running we've got a fantastic offensive line. Been making holes for us all year with Briar Bornemann, Nate Leintz, Dominic Opp, and Connor Doll as our running backs, quarterbacks guys carrying the ball. Line like I said is opening up the holes real well for em."

Senior Running back Briar Bornemann is no stranger to big performances in big games.
He set a Dakota Bowl rushing record last year with 286 yards.
This post season he's at it again running for 208 yards against Rugby in Hazen's first round win.

"He's a big game player. Lot of heart to the kid and when the highlight or the spotlight is on it's when he performs his best." says Philion.

The Bison have also found a nice change of pace back with Nate Leintz.
He rushed for 100 yards and had 2 total touchdowns in Hazen's 48 to 21 win.

Philion says, "I think that's the key to how our offense goes. Having two guys like that. When you have a guy like nate who is big and fast, you have to honor him. Briar obviously is a dynamic player and it makes it so you can't key either of them. You have to play honest football."

(NATE LEINTZ/ HAZEN FULL BACK)"I give all my credit to my linemen. They do a great job opening up holes and I just try to hit them as hard as I can, hopefully make something happen."

While everyone talks about the Bison offense-- it's the defense that's been the real game changer.
The 21 points surrendered to Rugby on Saturday was the most they've given up all year.

"They're tough, they're tough and I know a lot of stuff gets said about our offense and how things click, and how many points we can score, but the defense does a heck of a job in putting us in great position to score and keeps the other team's offense off the field an awful lot." says Philion.

The Bison are going for back to back championships in class A-- Hazen has never been in back to back football championship games.

Leintz says, "We want it really bad-- I mean we were there last year and we know the great

    Hazen is at home again this Saturday.
    They host Our Redeemers at 1:30 central.

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