Top stories of 2013 – No. 7: Hazen repeats in Class A

It’s been 1 year, 3 months and 11 days since Hazen’s last defeat. Since Sept. 21, 2012, the Bison have ran off 20 straight wins, swiped the Class A Region 4 title twice and repeated as state champions.

Hazen put together a dominant 12-0 campaign this year, winning every game by 12 points or more and with a 32.6-point average margin of victory. In the Dakota Bowl, the Bison finished off Milnor-North Sargent 20-0.

“The ball has to bounce your way and it did quite a few times, same as last year,” Hazen coach Rick Philion said. “We’re fortunate we’ve got kids who work hard.”

Seniors Hunter Fears, Nate Leintz, Seth Kreil and Class A athlete of the year Austin Cieslak each received all-state distinction.

“It’s been a joy to be with these guys,” said the 11th-year coach. “Hazen’s had a great football program well before I got there and I’m just kind of the caretaker now.”