Lakeville southern defender Camden Dean once described to teammate Zak Yukel a game that perfectly sums up Carson Hansen’s experience.
Dean passed it to Hansen, faked it, then looked to the end of the field where he expected Hansen to run. He was not there.
Where he was?
“He was walking across the field trying to land,” Jaquel said. “This is a vision.”
This is what sets Hansen apart from the field. Yes, Lakeville South coach Ben Burke noted that the juniors running on the field have brilliant speed. If he goes to the second level, he will leave. But the peculiarity is in his ability to constantly reach this level.
“He has the ability to disable defenses that you can’t train,” Burke said. “You can practice a little technique, but you either have it or you don’t.”
Leading a massive fast-paced attack featuring undefeated Cougars in Friday night’s state title game against Maple Grove, Hansen was named Pioneer Press East Metro Footballer of the Year.
Burke recalls one of Hansen’s early sophomore training sessions. The coaching staff knew that then Hansen would be good: “We just didn’t know at what moment and how soon.” They quickly found out.
Hansen made a cut on rep where he bounced off the minimum win. Burke pushed his back and said, “Carson, this isn’t sophomore football.” Yes, he was fast, but at the university level, you can’t just bounce off everything on the street. “What we want you to do,” Burke told him, “is to keep it down to a minimum, and then you can get eight to 10 yards each time instead of three or four.”
Of course, in one of the first races of the season, Hansen cut off the entire field and scored.
“It was like, ‘Well, I never have to train this again because he saw what happened,” Burke said.
Hansen hasn’t looked back since then. He has 1,959 yards and 23 touchdowns on a whopping 12.6 yards per carry, and four more touchdowns on passes. Hansen is one of, if not the most explosive subway player.
“I just love that part of the elusiveness where you just shake a few kids and then get to the end zone,” Hansen said. “Let’s just make this guy bored and take him to the house. That’s what comes into my head. ”
He does that often. Hansen has been holding the ball for a year. He has been a runner since he was 4 years old. It has speed and elusiveness, and every day it gets bigger. Burke said the back is approaching 200 pounds. This combination has piqued the interest of schools of power conferences.
Despite the success, attention and praise, Burke noted, Hansen remains humble. He tried his best to do justice to his attacking line as well as his coaches and coaches.
“He’s the most humble kid, and he understands that this is an 11-person game, and he’s just part of it,” Burke said. “But he does his part really well.”
Cougars tight-end Chase Androff said it was “gratifying” to hear the call to play in the crowd directed towards Hansen. You just know, he said, “It will work.”
Often, coaches from Lakeville South talk on the sidelines about what they want to call next if the current challenge gets first rejected. The conversation breaks down as they turn and watch Hansen run down the sideline for a touchdown.
Lakeville South’s offense is getting so much attention due to its Power-T scheme with all the fakes and moves that leave opponents wondering who has the ball at all. But Burke has repeatedly noted that the crime is calculated to get four yards and a cloud of dust over long, long journeys.
Hansen goes far beyond that.
“He can do runs that maybe some running backs could actually do a nice 10 yard increase, but he can expand that game to a 50 yard touchdown,” Jaquel said. “The credit goes to the offensive line, but he’s a very special early defender. He has excellent vision; his speed and athleticism take him to the next level. ”
Burke said Hansen would be just as successful on another attack, but he just has a lot of room to do.
“It looks like a matchup nightmare,” Burke said. “As (legendary Lakeville coach Larry) Thompson always tells me, guys like him make you look like a really smart coach.”
Leo Bloom, Senior Offensive Line Player, St. Thomas Academy: At 6’4 ”, 270 pounds, Blum set the stage for a dominant cadet attack.
Joey Gerlach, Senior Defender, Woodbury: South Dakota State Command conducted 79 tackles from a vacant security position. Played for each special team and made eight landings in limited attack.
Peyton Gremmels, Senior Receiver, Academy Force: Caught 70 assists at 1134 yards and 11 offensive points. Added 82 tackles and three defensive interceptions, all with an injured shoulder.
Lucas Heyer, Senior Offensive Lineman, Hill-Murray: Stanford commit is the highest ranking rookie in the 2022 class. This year he did not allow dismissals and provoked an explosive, rapid attack by the pioneers.
Carson Hinzman, Senior Lineman, St Cruz Central: The highly publicized offensive lineman was named the best lineman of the year at a small Wisconsin school. Pass 16 tackles for a loss.
Zach Jackel, Senior Midfielder, Lakeville South: There were 115 tackles and 7½ sacks. One of the most versatile state advocates.
Logan Larson, Senior Defensive Lineman, East Ridge: North Dakota State committed five sacks. He led the defense of the great predators.
Sawyer Seidl, junior runner, Hill-Murray: Junior raced 1,878 yards and 19 touchdowns and wreaked havoc in the return.
Isaiah Ward, Senior Lineman, Centennial: The two-sided flawless player locked in four bags in defense while simultaneously using Centennial’s powerful swift attack in the attack.
Mason Wilson, Senior Defense Lineman, Stillwater: Stacked 52 captures, including seven in defeat, and became the anchor of Stillwater’s strong defensive front.