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Hastings quarterback Alex Weise hands the ball off to Tate Sykes during Tuesday's section tournament game against East Ridge. The Raptors won to advance in the tournament. (Rivertown Newspaper Group photo by Tom Carothers)

Raptors end Raiders' season, 24-7

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Going into this season, Hastings football coach Dana Strain talked about how staying healthy was going to be a key factor for the 2010 version of the Hastings Raiders football team.

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He was right.

Just more than 40 HHS students came out for the team and it didn't take long for that number to shrink. On the season's first play from scrimmage, the team's starting running back broke his collarbone.

News just got worse from there.

In all, three players broke their collarbones this season, including starting quarterback Aaron Stoneberg.

Last week, the team's runningback Matt Anderson suffered a concussion.

All that bad news didn't help Hastings much in Tuesday's section tournament matchup against the East Ridge Raptors.

East Ridge took a 21-0 lead into halftime and went on to win 24-7.

Hastings' season ends with a 1-9 record.

The game was played in near hurricane conditions, with 30 mph winds and rain.

Hastings attempted just five passes on the night. Quarterback Alex Weise completed three of those passes for 28 yards. Jake Koenig had one catch and Tony Hammes had two.

On the ground, Tate Sykes shouldered the load for the Raiders with 32 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown.

The score came with 17 seconds left to play.

Mike Rodriguez kicked the extra point for Hastings.

Ryan Doffing and Chris Anderson each had interceptions.

The story of the night was the East Ridge running game. The Raptors compiled 399 yards on the ground, with Ezekiel Okeleye gaining 130 on 13 carries.

Val Huerta had 121 yards on 13 carries and Dayo Idowu had 92 yards on six carries.

Vs Stillwater

The regular season concluded Wednesday night for the Hastings football team with a 42-13 loss to Stillwater.

Hastings had six turnovers in the game, five of which were converted into scores by the Ponies. Three of the Stillwater touchdowns came on interception returns for touchdowns.

Jake Koenig and Tony Hammes each caught touchdown passes in the game for Hastings. Aaron Stoneberg threw one, as did Alex Weise.

Hastings was limited to 64 yards rushing and 149 yards passing.

Stillwater didn't fare any better offensively with 116 yards rushing and 84 yards passing.

Tyler Mellick had a fumble recovery for Hastings.

Chris Anderson had an interception.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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