The Lindbergh Eagles knew Hazen was a bigger and stronger football team; but Friday night at Renton Stadium Hazen had issues with penalties that held them from the end zone until late in the game.
Hazen's Kyle Nelson ran down the Highlanders' sideline for a late touchdown with 1:45 left in the game to put the score within one (10-9 Lindbergh). A high snap and Lindbergh’s defense blocked the ball to win and give the Eagles a 2-0 league record (3-1 overall with only loss a forfeit in week one against West Seattle).
The win also gives the Eagles an edge in the Walter Tracey All City Championship Trophy. Lindbergh faces Renton on October 5.
The Eagles scored in the second quarter when junior quarterback Tyrell Shavers connected with Cameron Callen for a 76-yard touchdown reception. Derrick Holt added the extra point and a third quarter 18-yard field goal.
Hazen battled penalties all night, especially after key plays where it would have put the Highlanders in scoring position. Highlanders had 17 penalties for 115 yards. Sam Bunnell kicked a 21-yard field and Kyle Nelson ran down the Hazen sideline for a 64-yard pass reception from quarterback Tony Nipert.
Lindbergh head coach Pat O’Grady said after the game, “that was ugly; they (Hazen) did a great job taking away what we do.”
O’Grady knew going into the game that Hazen was stronger, and it was going to be a dog fight.
“They live for these games, all city games, and first step to all-city champs; we talked about it being their homecoming. It wasn’t our best performance, we didn’t execute as well as we hope. They man handled us,” O’Grady said.
“This is a rival for these guys; they know most of the guys on the other side. Just like the Liberty game. It’s much more painful and for the seniors it’s the last time they will play them,” said Hazen head coach Drew Oliver. Hazen (1-1 league, 2-2 overall) plays league powerhouse Kennedy Catholic (2-0, 3-1) next Thursday at 7 p.m. at Highline Stadium.
Lindbergh (2-0 league, 3-1 overall) hosts Foster Friday at 7 p.m. at Renton Stadium. The game will be Lindbergh’s homecoming game.
Lindbergh -- Cam Callen 76 pass from Tyrell Shavers (Derrick Holt kick)
Lindbergh -- Derrick Holt 18 FG
Hazen -- Sam Bunnell 21 FG
Hazen -- Kyle Nelson 64 pass from Tony Nipert (kick blocked)
Other Seamount League games:
Lakeside (Seattle) 56, Renton 22; details not reported
Kennedy Catholic 44, Evergreen 0
Foster 27, Highline 13
Standings (as of Saturday night) - Lindbergh (2-0 league, 3-1 overall), Kennedy Catholic (2-0 league, 3-1 overall); Renton (1-0 league, 2-2 overall); Hazen (1-1 league, 2-2 overall); Foster (1-1 league, 1-3 overall); Evergreen (0-2 league, 0-4 overall); Highline (0-2 league, 0-4 overall).
Hazen junior Jared Howell sustained an possible broken collarbone before halftime. He is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
A sideline judge suffered an ankle injury during the game, reducing the number of officials. Hazen coaches grew frustrated on a blown call against Lindbergh. The referee for the game told the Hazen coaches “we have a reduced crew. Am sorry.”
The Just Play Fair awards were given to Hazen senior Drew Kelly and Lindbergh junior Trevonn Russell.
Hazen’s 2012 Homecoming Royality:
King Kyle Nelson and Queen Taylor Gale.
Prince Freddy Jeronimo Rodriguez and Princess Amy Lebar.
Prince Cody Moorhead and Princess Kayla Keovilay.
Prince Samuel Bunnell and Princess Ashley George
Prince Christian Puga-Salzar and Princess Sam Barber
Lord Luis Puga and Lady Lindsay Bui
Duke Jason Ralph and Dutchess Marcela Marcias
Court Ben Hoeper and Countess Melanie Aquino
Hazen also inducted three into its 2012 Hall of Fame:
Teacher Lyle Summers who started in the Renton School District in 1963 at Nelsen Middle School and then moved to Hazen where h taught until he retired.
Teacher and Coach Harold “Bo” Kurle was a student teacher at Renton High School in 1964. He then taught at McKnight Middle School in 1965 where he taught PE and coached football, basketball and track. In 1972 he transferred to Hazen where he taught health , PE along with coaching football, cross country, basketball and track until retiring in 2008.
Student/Athlete Michael Nipert graduated from Hazen in 1976 and played football and baseball. He received a full ride scholarship to play football at Notre Dame and several for baseball. He was drafted by the Oakland A’s, a career ending injury gave Nipert a chance to coach where he has coached the Seattle Stars a select baseball team where he took the team to two consecutive world championships.
**Homecoming and Hall of Fame information was provided from the Hazen Homecoming Program.