Hastings falls to Roseville, 27-0
Getting into Roseville territory with the football wasn’t a problem for the Hastings Raiders on Friday night. Scoring, though, was.
Six different times, Hastings got the ball down to the Roseville 35 yard line, or better. All six of those times, Hastings walked away with a point.
“We moved the football very well,” coach Dana Strain said. “We just didn’t finish our drives.We just weren’t making the key big play at any moment during the game. We did a lot of really good things. We just couldn’t make that one extra play to finish those drives.”
Hurting Hastings even more was that they had three turnovers while they forced just one.
Roseville took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with 6:38 left to go.
With 5:18 to play in the second quarter, they went up 14-0.
The game was scoreless until there was 7:38 to play in the fourth quarter when Roseville capped off a nine-play 72-yard drive with a touchdown to go up 20-0.
A late interception return for a touchdown made the final 27-0.
“Our kids played very hard,” coach Dana Strain said. “I was extremely pleased with the effort and with how well they competed. Coming off the prior week, we wanted to make sure we came out and at least competed, and we did those things. We were very happy about that.”
The brightest spot of the game for Hastings was the play of the offensive line, Strain said.
“Our offensive line played extremely well,” he said. “That’s one of the best games I’ve seen our O-line have in my time here. We’re very happy with those five guys and those coaches. The run blocking up front was outstanding.”
The line is made up of left tackle Kyle King, left guard Christian Flasch, center Cullin Brendeland, right guard Tony Lodermeier and right tackle Alonzo Brown.
They were helped out in the backfield by Shane Anderson and Daryale Harris, who were asked to do a lot of pass protection.
Strain was also happy with the effort shown by the Raiders.
“The effort we had against Roseville — that’s how we should play all the time,” he said. “We’re going to continue to build on that and have our kids focus on those things — sustaining that same energy, and finishing those drives.”
Hastings picked up 130 yards rushing in the game.
Shane Anderson led the team with 58 yards on eight carries.
Daryale Harris had 10 carries for 39 yards and quarterback Brandon McCarthy had 17 carries for 31 yards.
McCarthy completed nine of 25 attempts for 59 yards. Ross Dylla had six catches for 55 yards. Zach Wiese had two catches for six yards.
On defense, Colin Shoen had an interception. He now has two on the season, which ties him for the conference lead with two other players.
The Hastings defense held Roseville to just 56 yards of rushing on the night on 29 carries.
The Roseville passing offense gained 245 yards.
Hastings travels to Stillwater tonight to take on the Ponies, who are 3-0 on the season.
Stillwater beat Park in the season opener, 26-7.
They beat Forest Lake in the second week of the season, 35-0, and they beat Cretin-Derham Hall last week, 21-7.
“We’ll go up there and plan to compete and win,” Strain said. “It’ll be a good chance for us to go up and knock somebody off that’s 3-0. They are a very good football team.They don’t do anything fancy. What they do, they do well. They’re talented, but if we go up there and play well and play hard, we should have an opportunity to win.”
Stillwater is averaging 345 yards of offense per game, with about two-thirds of that coming on the ground.
By contrast, Hastings is averaging 194 yards of offense per game.
The Hastings defense is allowing 279 yards per game, which is good for fifth in the league.
Stillwater is led by runningback Zach Knox, who is the league’s second-leading rusher with 417 yards on 82 carries. He has scored five touchdowns on the year.
Their quarterback, Trevor Tillett, has completed 27 of 48 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns.