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Hazen uses 36-point 2nd quarter to top Bombers

HAZEN — After the first quarter, the Hazen and Lewis and Clark-Our Redeemer’s football teams were tied.

However, over the next 12 minutes the Bison scored five unanswered touchdowns.

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Top-ranked Hazen used the 36-point second quarter to take a 56-14 Class 1A quarterfinals win over the Bombers on Saturday.

The Bison’s junior quarterback Connor Doll scored three TDs — two on the ground and one through the air. He finished the game going 3 of 3 for 112 yards and rushed for 18 yards on four carries. Dominick Opp grabbed a pair of catches for 82 yards including a 62-yard TD catch for Hazen’s opening score.

Hazen senior running back Nate Leintz added a pair of back-to-back 45-yard TD runs in the second quarter. Leintz ended with a game-high 150 yards on seven carries. His teammate in the backfield, Briar Bornemann, posted two scores. His first was on a 25-yard TD run and the second was a 50-yard punt return.

Hunter Steffen scored Hazen’s final TD on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Mitchel White led the Bombers with 31 carries for 64 yards including a three-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Austin Lee went 12 of 32 for 136 yards and was picked off three times.

The Bison continue their quest to repeat as Class 1A state champions traveling to Dec Lacs-Burlington for a semifinals game at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

LCOR 7 0 0 7 — 14

Hazen 7 36 7 6 — 56

First quarter

LCOR–Adam Knudsvig 13 yard pass from Austin Lee, (Nicholas Helfrich kick)

H–Dominick Opp 62 yard pass from Connor Doll, (Hunter Fears kick)

Second quarter

H–Doll 2 yard run, (kick blocked)

H–Briar Bornemann 25 yard run, (Bornemann run)

H–Nate Leintz 45 yard run, (Leintz pass from Doll)

H–Leintz 45 yard run, (Bornemann run)

H–Bornemann 50 yard punt return, ( kick blocked)

Third quarter

H–Doll 22 yard run, (Fears kick)

Fourth quarter

H–Hunter Steffen 2 yard run, (run failed)

LCOR–Mitchel White 3 yard run, (Helfrich kick)


RUSHING: LCOR, Mitchel White 31-64, Marshall White 4-14, Alec Lee 2-1, Austin Lee 5-(minus 3). H, Nate Leintz 7-150, Briar Bornemann 8-78, Connor Doll 4-18, Wyatt Carr 2-5, Hunter Steffen 1-2, Dominick Opp 2-1.

PASSING: LCOR, Austin Lee 12-32-3 136. H, Doll 3-3-0 112.

RECEIVING: LCOR, Adam Knudsvig 4-47, Alec Lee 3-39, Nick Stenvold 3-21, Mitchel White 2-21. H, Opp 2-82, Bornemann 1-30.