Football: Raiders fall to Royals
Friday night's football game against Woodbury is another one of those that can be boiled down to a few key plays at a few key moments.
Unfortunately for Hastings, it was the Royals who made those key plays and, in the end, they won, 35-26.
Woodbury got on the board first, but Hastings countered with a 13-yard touchdown from Aaron Stoneberg to Ellis Williams. The kick was wide, and Hastings trailed 7-6.
Three minutes later, Woodbury scored and took a 14-6 lead.
Hastings moved the ball well in the second quarter, going on a long drive right before the end of the first half. Hastings drove the ball down to the Woodbury five yard line before Stoneberg threw an interception, giving the Royals the ball back. Eventually, Hastings went into halftime down 14-6.
"That was a good opportunity right before halftime to tie the game," Hastings coach Dana Strain said.
Hastings kicked off to Woodbury to begin the second half, and the Royals made another key play, running the kickoff back to the Hastings 30 yard line. Two plays later, Woodbury scored and went up 21-6. The Royals scored two more times in the third quarter, once on a long drive and once off a Hastings turnover.
"It was like all three phases contributed to the game getting out of hand there to start the second half," Strain said. "We came out and literally every phase of the game did not perform well in the third quarter. We knew what we had to do, but we came out and did the opposite. After that, we settled in and came back and played better defensively and the offense got it going."
Hastings, though, scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 35-12, thanks to a 1-yard-run by Stoneberg to cap off a 13-play drive.
Four minutes later, Stoneberg connected with Williams on a 35-yard pass and a two-point conversion attempt to Tony Hammes was successful and Hastings trailed 35-20.
With 2:43 left to play in the game, Hastings scored again, this time on a 26-yard touchdown run by Matt Anderson. With Hastings down 35-26, Strain opted to go for the two-point conversion, which would have cut the lead to seven. He said he opted to do that so that if the Raiders could score again, they'd go for two again and try to get the win.
The attempt was not successful and Hastings ended up losing 35-26.
Strain was encouraged by the 20-point rally in the fourth quarter.
"Once we regrouped, we did do some positive things," he said. "We did a nice job moving the football. That was nice to see."
Hastings had four turnovers in the game. There were three interceptions and one fumble lost by the Raiders.
Matt Anderson led Hastings in rushing with 20 carries for 141 yards and the touchdown.
Stoneberg completed 20 of 42 attempts for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
Ellis Williams was the leading receiver, getting 10 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Also getting catches were Mike Rodriguez, Hammes, Jayson Bauer, Ryan Doffing and Anderson.
The offensive line lost to starters to injury. Isaac Eichmann was hurt and later, Taylor Wasvick got hurt. They were replaced by Jon Sindt and Mikey Smith.
Hammes had an interception on defense, and Josh Lohmann had a fumble recovery.
The first round of the section playoffs will be on the road for Hastings. The game will be Tuesday night. The second round of play is Saturday, Oct. 30.