Raiders stopped by Royals, 33-26
At halftime of Friday night's football game between Hastings and Woodbury, there were plenty of reasons for the Raiders to pack it in for the night. Hastings trailed 33-6 at halftime and it looked, on the scoreboard at least, that Hastings' night was over with.
Early in the second half, though, Hastings got things turned around. The Raiders rallied for three second-half touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to overcome that deficit. Hastings lost, 33-26.
"We made too many mistakes in the first half," coach Dana Strain said. "That's what hurt us. Those big mistakes in the first half really put us in a hole. You can't do that. The kids regrouped and really played a strong second half. We just need to build on that and get ready for next week."
The Hastings special teams allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown in the first half. A punt return was taken down to the Hastings 10 yard line on another occasion.
Two other times in the first half, Woodbury got the ball inside the Hastings 30 yard line due to fumbles. A look at the Woodbury scoring drives tells you all you need to know: They had touchdown drives of 23 yards, 80 yards, 24 yards and 10 yards.
"You just can't put yourself into that kind of position," Strain said. "We did, and we got into a big hole."
Hastings got on the bird in the quarter when Zach Wiese caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Alex Wiese. That cut the score to 13-6.
In the second half, it was all Hastings. With 10:38 to play in the third quarter, Daryale Harris scored on a 14-yard touchdown run.
Ross Dylla and Alex Wiese then connected for a pair of touchdowns. Dylla scored on an 83-yard touchdown reception, then caught a 29-yard touchdown pass. Jayson Bauer caught a two-point conversion from Wiese after that second touchdown.
With just more than five minutes to play, Hastings had the ball on the Woodbury 35 yard line, but turned it over and that all but ended the game.
"In the second half, we eliminated those mistakes from the first half," Strain said. "We really played hard and made some plays that gave us a chance. The good news is, we finally saw the flashes of what we saw in us. We're going to be a competitive team. I'm very confident of that. We just have to put it all together for four quarters."
Four juniors all had big games for the Raiders, including Dylla, who finished with six catches for 131 yards.
Zach Wiese had a big game, too, with four catches for 80 yards and a score.
Drew Pottinger played well on defense, recording one interception and nearly grabbing a second.
Jordan Weisenburger had a fumble recovery for the Raiders.
"It was a pretty cool thing to see our juniors step up and propel us," Strain said. "Those four kids all made some big, game-changing type plays in that game. That helped us get back in it in a hurry. That bodes well for the rest of the season."
Alex Wiese completed 15 of 21 pass attempts for 220 yards. Passes were caught by Dylla, Zach Wiese, John Tate, Harris and Bauer.
Hastings plays at Roseville on Friday. They are 1-1 on the season. They beat Park last week, 49-26, and lost to White Bear Lake in the season opener, 13-10.