By Mike Wheeler
Coming off its 24-14 win over the ninth ranked Beatrice Orangemen, the Antlers squad was fired up. The team was propelled by two early touchdowns from senior running back Chase Hazlewood who had 112 rushing yards including touchdowns of 39 and 35 yards. In an interview after the win with NebraskaHSFootball TV, Hazlewood credited his day to the offensive line.
“All the credit to my line,” Hazlewood said. “Those guys work hard every day in practice. We’re the hardest working team in the state with the most competitive practices,” he said.
Assistant coach John Bacus, in his 38th year at Elkhorn, agreed with Hazlewood about the team’s work ethic. Bacus described a typical week of practice placing focus on the key elements of the game, offense, defense and special teams..
“Coach Wortman and I try to focus on making the practices as efficient as possible,” Bacus said.
Senior lineman Hunter Traynor has been on the varsity team for the past two season and knows what a competitive practice looks like.
“We practice with passion and conviction because we know what we are capable of accomplishing,” Traynor said. “People who have been around the program for a few years know that our practices are more intense than they’ve ever been in years previous.”
There’s no doubt in the player’s minds that this team has talent and they are excited to prove it each and every Friday.
“Our team is special because we know what we’re capable of, and that’s a state championship,” Traynor said.