Hastings loses back-and-forth battle to Raptors, 34-31
For the fourth week in a row, the Hastings football team played a close game. This time, Hastings came out on the losing end of a wild game, falling to the East Ridge Raptors, 34-31.
Hastings is now 2-3 on the season. The team's two wins have come by a total of nine points. Two of the losses are by a combined total of 10 points.
Friday's game was a back-and-forth affair, with a number of lead changes throughout the game.
East Ridge went up 7-0 at 7:29 of the first quarter, but it didn't take long to counter. Brandon McCarthy got the ball on the 18 yard line and raced 82 yards on the first play from scrimmage to make the score 7-6.
Keegan McIntosh put Hastings up 9-7 with a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, then McCarthy scored on another big play, this one an 84-yard pass from Alex Wiese. McIntosh converted the extra point, and Hastings went up 16-7.
With just 28 seconds to play in the half, though, East Ridge scored a touchdown and kicked an extra point to make the score 16-14 at the half.
In the third quarter, East Ridge scored first, getting a 64-yard touchdown pass to take the lead at 21-16.
Hastings got back on top with a touchdown by Daryale Harris and a two-point conversion on a pass from Alex Wiese to Ross Dylla. Hastings led 24-21.
East Ridge scored with 8:04 to play to make the score 27-24 in their favor.
With 5:02 to play, East Ridge scored after a Hastings turnover, making the score 34-24.
The Raiders countered with a touchdown at 2:17 on an eight-yard pass from Alex Wiese to Zach Wiese, and McIntosh converted the kick, making the score 34-31.
East Ridge then ran out the clock and the game was over.
Here are some stats from the night.
Hastings gained 153 yards on the ground, with 82 of those coming on the one long play by McCarthy. That was his only carry of the night.
Harris ran 11 times for 31 yards.
Alex Wiese had 11 carries for 40 yards.
Alex Wiese completed 17 of 36 pass attempts for 276 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Ross Dylla had three catches for 52 yards. Zach Wiese had eight catches for 87 yards. John Tate had two receptions for 15 yards. Harris had two catches for 35 yards. McCarthy had two catches for 87 yards.
The offense gained 429 yards on 59 plays.
On defense, Hastings recovered three fumbles, with Jordan Weisenburger recovering two and Tory Behny recovering one.
The defense allowed 403 yards on 64 plays. East Ridge running back Nick Leach had a strong night, carrying the ball 30 times for 201 yards.
Park is next opponent
Up next for the Raiders is the Park Wolfpack. Hastings plays at Cottage Grove this season.
Park has a 1-4 record on the season.
They beat Forest Lake in the season opener, but have lost four straight games. They fell to Roseville, 49-26; they lost to Woodbury, 43-7; they lost to White Bear Lake, 55-22; and they lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 49-7.
The Hastings junior varsity team continued its strong play with a 14-6 win over East Ridge. Hastings was aided by five interceptions, including two by Luke Ratkin. Also recording interceptions were Dan Marquette, Ryan King and Spencer Connell.
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall two weeks ago, 40-22.
The junior varsity is now 3-2 on the season.