Raiders beat Wolfpack, 21-7
It wasn't the prettiest game of football ever played, but the Hastings Raiders got the result they wanted on Friday night in Cottage Grove.
As the wind whipped through the stadium at Park, both offenses were shut down. In the end, though, Hastings was able to get some big plays and they went on to win, 21-7. Hastings is now 3-3 on the season.
"We didn't play as well on the offensive side of the ball, but we did play well overall and we were excited to get a win and get out of there," coach Dana Strain said. "They're better than their record shows. In those rivalry games, that's the way things go."
The wind made it difficult for either team to get much going through the air. Hastings quarterback Alex Wiese completed 10 of 23 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted three times on the night.
Parks' quarterback didn't exactly fare well against the Hastings defense, completing seven passes for 92 yards.
Neither team was even able to get to 200 yards of total offense on the night. Park was held to 193 yards on 55 plays and Hastings gained just 153 yards on 49 plays.
The big plays were key for the Raiders. Hastings got on the board with 6:45 to play in the first quarter on a 48-yard touchdown. Wiese hit Brandon McCarthy on a screen, and McCarthy did the rest. Hastings added a touchdown in the second quarter with 3:55 to play in the half. Ross Dylla caught a seven-yard touchdown from Wiese.
Keegan McIntosh kicked the extra points on both touchdowns.
The Hastings defense then came up big just before half, stopping Park on a goal-line stand to go into halftime up 14-0.
In the third quarter, Park pulled to within seven after they scored with 7:37 on the clock.
Park appeared to be gaining momentum, driving down into Hastings territory with just more than eight minutes left to play in the game, but that's when Jayson Bauer came up big, forcing a fumble.
Zach Anderson scooped up the fumble and raced 75 yards for a touchdown, all but sealing the victory for Hastings.
"That was a huge play for us," Strain said. "They were moving the ball on us at that point. Jayson made a great play, and so did Zach. That got it back to a two-score game. It was getting a little hairy at that point. After that we settled down and played better on both sides of the ball."
Colin Shoen had a big night, too. He forced a fumble and recovered it.
Jesse Green had an interception for Hastings.
Hastings plays at White Bear Lake on Friday night.
The Bears have a 4-2 record and are tied with Cretin-Derham Hall for third place in the Suburban East Conference.
White Bear has wins over Roseville, Forest Lake, Park and Woodbury.
Their losses have come to Stillwater and Mounds View.
The Mustangs and the Ponies lead the SEC standings this season with identical 5-1 records.