“They probably shouldn't have done this good, but they've been very coachable, hustled the whole year and really played well.”
After a season-opening loss to Destiny Christian, Southwest Covenant started turning things around in the second week, a 49-18 win over Sasakwa.
“We'd only had a few days of practice before the first game and changed up so much since last year, it took us a bit to get used to things,” Hagen said. “We went out in that one and did pretty well and that's when it started looking like we had a really good chance to win some games.”
Hagen, who missed last season after suffering appendicitis, has 60 tackles and six sacks.
“He's been good,” Lessman said. “We lost basically all of our size from last year, so we weren't sure how we'd be on the lines but with him, Blake (Schmitz) and Colton (Davidson) on offense and Trevor Carmack on defense, they've really become one of the stronger parts of our team.”
Hagen is looking forward to Friday night in Webbers Falls.
“It'd be so big if we could get that win,” he said. “It's going to be a really good game, and I don't think either team will break out with a huge lead either way.”