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Sports Spotlight: Hazen Football

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Some teams travel well or they're a good road team. That also means they're usually a very talented team. Hazen is top ranked in Class-A football.

To some it's a distant sacred memory. To others it's not so distant, but currently in the making.

For many high schools across the state an away game isn't exactly down the street. A bus, a trailer, a few extra vehicles. It almost looks like a weekend camping trip. For the Hazen Bison there is no camping,  just a routine.

It all starts when the bus pulls up. Footballs, water coolers, spare pads, you name it, it's going with. A player's only meeting in the locker room, then pile into the bus, and hit the road.

"We just focus for the game. Makes you think about the game and makes you think about what you're going to do. You try to visualize success you know?" says Austin Cieslak.

This 40-mile trip to New Salem is one of the closer away games on the schedule.

"I don't really have a least favorite road trip, as long as I get there and play football," says Hunter Fears.

Arrive and unload, there is the young guys who full fill their growing up duties and there is the music guy. All needed for the pregame environment.

"This time right here we usually like to sit down and focus up on the game, and think about what we have to do, we have to think about our job," says Hunter Steffen.

The back of the suburban turns into a trainer's table.

Sometimes there is time to kill. Then pad up before the coaches will reinstall the game plan

"We do what we do every time, and every time we step on that field we play our best," says Coach Philion.

Then it's team time. Load up the bus again. No music, no talking, just focus. Stretch out and loosen up. It's game time!

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