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Football: Raiders lose playoff game to Eagan, 52-7

It would have been impossible for Tuesday night's football game to start any better for the Hastings Raiders.

And it would have been impossible for it to end any worse.

First, the good: Hastings senior Dan Guelle took the opening kickoff back for a 95-yard touchdown. Just 17 seconds into the game, Hastings led 7-0 after an extra point by Tom Ling.

Hastings kicked off to Eagan and on their first play from scrimmage, Wildcat running back Zach Zenner ran 51 yards for a touchdown.

The Hastings lead held for just 19 seconds. And from that point on, it was all Eagan.

The Wildcats scored 31 second-quarter points, built a 38-7 halftime lead and ended up winning the Section 4 Class 5A playoff game, 52-7. The loss marks the end of the season for Hastings, which finishes with a 3-6 record.

Eagan advances to face Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday.

Tom Sieh led Hastings in rushing with 21 carries for 84 yards. Mike Hill had five carries for 24 yards; and Dan Guelle had four carries for four yards.

Hill completed four of 18 passes for 27 yards. He had four interceptions.

Aaron Stoneberg got into the game in the second half as the Hastings quarterback, but didn't throw any passes.

Nick Gmiterko had two catches for 20 yards and Guelle had two catches for seven yards.

Zenner was the story of the night for Eagan. He rushed 12 times for 233 yards (an average of 19.4 yards per carry) and he scored four rushing touchdowns. Zenner also scored two receiving touchdowns.

Eagan quarterback Jameson Parsons threw for the two touchdowns to Zenner and had a total of 82 yards on the night.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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