The Urbandale J-Hawks second leading scorer only has two catches for 48 yards.
It is the defensive side of the ball Allen Lazard thrives on for Coach Sam Anderson.
Allen, one of three Lazard’s with the varsity program as older brother Anthony is a senior linebacker with 20 tackles to lead the team and their father Kevin is an assistant coach. Kevin played collegiate ball at Iowa State University.
Little brother has played big this fall, making 4 interceptions from his safety position. 3 of those pics have resulted in touchdowns. That put his name among national record holders with his scores of 35, 17 and 50 yards on the pick-6’s. This ties the national record of 2 INTs returned for a score in the same quarter. 6 others have accomplished this feat.
The J-Hawks have started the 2011 football campaign with wins over Des Moines Hoover (54-8) and Ft. Dodge (25-14). This week, the real test begins with defending state champion West Des Moines Dowling Catholic comes calling to Frerichs Field to open CIML Central Conference action. Kickoff is slated for 730p with no fresh/soph game beforehand. The pregame show begins on 1150 KWKY and KWKY.com at 6p. This is the Maroons first road game of the 2011 season.
The J-Hawks had to wait out a 60 minute lightning delay at Fort Dodge last week, mounted a 12-7 halftime lead, before the storm hit. Following the delay, Urbandale sprinted to a 25-7 lead on a Ben Hurley touchdown. The senior quarterback has the second most rushing attempts on the team. Hurley is 6-15 for 145 yards passing and 1 touchdown, while is running stats are 16 carries, 79 yards and 3 scores.
Hurley has plenty of guys to give the ball to in the option-style offense. The J-Hawks will resemble the Georgia Tech offense that lines up two players in the slot position and any one of them could get the ball. Cory Moore is the featured running back with 17 touches for 126 yards and 1 TD. Max Dillenburg has run the ball 4 times for 31 yards and a score and Markell Colemon has topped the centure mark with 163 yards on 12 carries and a score.
The J-Hawk defense is a 4-3 base with little blitzing. Linebacker Braden McGowan is the quarterback of the D. Nick Jepsen is tough up front, along with two-way player Jack Croning. Ben Field and Colby Bragdon round out the front 4. Gabriel Moreno, Anthony Lazard and McGowen are the linebackers. Allen Lazard and Nate Harms are the safeties and Terrence Gaye and Armond Luethens are the corners.
The Maroons look to win their conference opener after beating Des Moines East last week 41-21. Two linebackers, Matt Merfeld and Andrew Clemon will likely be game-day decisions on if they will return this week after exiting early because of injury. We’ll have the word in the pregame show around 7 when we talk to head coach Tom Wilson.