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Raiders fall to Bears after slow start, 20-7

A slow start again doomed the Hastings Raiders on Friday night.

Hastings lost to White Bear Lake, 20-7. Hastings trailed 20-0 at halftime.

"We just didn't start well," coach Dana Strain said. "We dug ourselves a hole. We are pleased with the effort and the fight in the kids coming back like they did. That was just too big of a hole at the start of the game."

Strain said the Hastings offense was able to move the ball on the Bears, but on two occasions in the first half, Hastings wasn't able to get points when drives ended inside the Bears' 20 yard line.

"We made some mistakes early in the game that got us behind, and we weren't able to capitalize on a few of the opportunities we did have," Strain said. "We moved the ball on them, but we had a hard time punching it in when we got down in there."

White Bear Lake improves to 5-2 on the season with the win. Hastings was 3-4 after the game.

"We played a good team there," Strain said. "We didn't start well and it would have been easy for that thing to get away from us. I thought we fought pretty well to hang in there and give ourselves a chance. The kids fought hard."

Daryale Harris had a strong game with the Hastings offense, gaining 74 yards on 11 carries.

"Daryale had a big game running the ball," Strain said. "That was one of his bigger games for us. He did a nice job. He was a physical presence for us. That's a credit to our offensive line, too."

Brandon McCarthy had the lone touchdown for Hastings, scoring on a one-yard run with six minutes to play in the game. Keegan McIntosh kicked the extra point for Hastings.

Quarterback Alex Wiese completed 11 of 45 pass attempts for 143 yards. He had three interceptions on the night.

Drew Pottinger, Ross Dylla, Zach Wiese and Harris each had catches for Hastings.

Hastings gained 266 yards on 70 plays.

The Hastings defense allowed 331 yards on 76 plays. Zach Mellick had an interception for Hastings.

Postseason approaches

Hastings played its regular season finale on Wednesday night against Stillwater. The Ponies entered the game with a 6-1 record, tied for the Suburban East Conference lead with Mounds View.

Results were not available at press time.

Hastings is now gearing up for the postseason. It appears likely that the Raiders will have a home playoff game on Tuesday, but the opponent at this point is unclear.