Hastings falls to Cretin in blowout, 56-6
It didn't take long for things to go wrong Friday night for the Hastings football team. As the Raiders faced off against a talented team from Cretin-Derham Hall, they found themselves trailing 28-0 with four minutes left to play in the first quarter. At halftime, it was 42-0 in favor of Cretin and at game's end, C-DH left Hastings with a 56-6 win over Hastings.
"Their skill level would challenge us on our best day, but we simply didn't play well," coach Dana Strain said. "We had one of those nights where we made mistakes we don't make in practice and didn't make in the first game. It was a bad night at the office. Really, it was just basic fundamental things that, across the board, we know we can do better with."
All four of Cretin's first quarter touchdowns were scored by their standout runningback. In the second quarter, Cretin got on the board with a 60-yard touchdown pass.
Hastings got on the board with just six minutes left to play when Brent Latuff scored on a one yard run, capping off a 12-play, 65-yard drive.
Cretin held Hastings to just 85 yards rushing on 35 carries. Through the air, Hastings gained just 42 yards.
"We're not going to dwell on that game," Strain said. "We just didn't play well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We'll move on to the next week and work on playing better then. I'm confident we will.
"Like I told the kids, it's just one loss. As bad as it feels, and as much as you don't want to experience a game like that, that's how you have to look at it."
Hastings was led in the ground game by Latuff, who finished the game with eight carries for 62 yards.
Shane Anderson had four carries for 20 yards.
Through the air, Zach Wiese was the top receiver. He had three catches for 40 yards.
Hastings plays host to Roseville at 7 p.m. Friday.
Roseville is 1-1 on the season. They beat Cretin-Derham Hall in week No. 1, 15-12. They lost to East Ridge on Friday, 42-19.
"They've played two of the top teams in the league so far," Strain said. "They have no shortage of talent. That's a good team."
Roseville is led by senior quarterback Jacques Perra, the league's leading passer. He has completed 33 of 59 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns so far this season.
"He is as good of a quarterback as there is in our league," Strain said. "He can really throw it."
Perra's favorite target is Jesper Horstad, who has nine catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
East Ridge, Mounds View and Stillwater are all 2-0 on the season.