Raiders fall in football opener, 40-6
The Hastings football team lost its season opener on Thursday night to Mounds View, 40-6.
The game, coach Dana Strain said, was closer than the score would indicate.
Hastings trailed 13-0 with about three minutes to play in the first half, and the Raiders had marched down the field on an impressive drive that covered some 80 yards.
With the ball on the Mounds View 10 yard line, though, Hastings fumbled the ball and turned it over.
Mounds View recovered the fumble, then went on a drive of its own and scored a touchdown to go up 20-0 at the break.
"We made mistakes you can't make," Strain said. "That ended up making it look like it was a lopsided game. We had put together a nice drive there and were doing some nice things. We thought if we went into halftime at 13-7, we'd have felt good about where we were at."
Mounds View had scored on of its touchdowns earlier in the half on a blocked punt. A Hastings player had inadvertently blocked the punt when he crossed in front of the punter. A Mounds View player picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
"It was one of those nights," Strain said. "You had some real strange, bad things happen to you. We caused those. It wasn't like it was just bad luck. We just made some bad mistakes and every one of them seemed to cost us."
Strain was excited about some of the things he saw during the game.
Four underclassmen started on the offensive line for Hastings. They were juniors Tony Lodermeier and Alonzo Brown and sophomores Kyle King and Christian Flasch.
Sam Westre, a senior, also plays on the line.
"We pass protected very well," Strain said. "By and large, in the run game, we were getting to our assignments. For starting four underclassmen, that's pretty impressive. All four of those guys are going to be good football players for us."
Several other players had big nights for the Raiders, including Ross Dylla and Zack Weise. Weise scored the Hastings touchdown.
Zach Mellick had a strong game on defense, Strain said.
"He was outstanding for us," he said. "He made some fantastic plays."
Tory Behny fared well on the defensive line.
Jesse Green played defensive back well, even though he broke his thumb in the first half.
"He played through it," Strain said. "That showed a lot of toughness on his part. He did a lot of nice things for us."
Hastings plays host to Woodbury at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Royals lost in a close game to Stillwater on Friday night.
"Our focus is going to be on us," Strain said. "We need to get better and clean up some of those things we did wrong against Mounds View.
"If we can do that we feel confident we can do some good things and we can be a competitive team."