All season long, Tate Hagen has been playing with a chip on his shoulder.
West Hancock’s senior fullback rambled for more than 1,700 yards last year while leading the Eagles to an appearance in the Class A semifinals, but an injury sidelined him for most of that game, a seven-point loss that ended the Eagles’ season.
On Friday, West Hancock had a chance to return to the semifinals, and Hagen wasn’t going to let anything get in his team’s way.
Hagen finished with 191 yards on the ground, four touchdowns and added 9.5 tackles on the defensive side of the ball as West Hancock routed South O’Brien 43-0.
Hagen has 1,878 yards on the season.
“There have been a lot of bumps in the road,” Hagen said as he reflected on his career. “It has been an honor to play here.”
Hagen ripped off a 33-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and scored on a six-yard run just 2:35 into the contest.
The Wolverines marched deep into Eagle territory on their first two drives but could not come up with the equalizing score.
A freak first down on a fourth-and-two play set up West Hancock on its next scoring drive.
The Eagles lined up to punt from their own 47, but Tanner Hagen mishandled the snap, recovered the ball and rumbled seven yards for a first down.
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