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Hastings falls to White Bear Lake, 31-28

There were no late-game heroics for the Hastings Raiders this Friday night. Hastings again found itself with an opportunity to win a Suburban East Conference showdown, but this time around, Hastings came up just short.

The Raiders lost to White Bear Lake, 31-28.

A week ago, Hastings trailed Stillwater 28-0 before coming back to tie the game, then win it in overtime.

Things sure looked good for the Raiders early on as they drove down the field covering 71 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Brandon McCarthy scored on a 19-yard run and Jonah Harrington kicked the extra point.

White Bear, though, went on their 10-play drive and they scored and converted on a two-point conversion to go up 8-7.

Then it was Hastings’ turn to get on the scoreboard, and again it was McCarthy. He scored on a 23-yard run and Hastings went up 14-8.

The Bears countered with a field goal and a touchdown just a minute apart to go up 19-14.

Ross Dylla swung the momentum back in Hastings’ favor with a 74-yard touchdown run. He then scored the two-point conversion as well, and Hastings led 22-19.

All that action took place in the first half.

In the second half, with 9:33 to play in the third quarter, White Bear went up 25-22. McCarthy led Hastings on an 11-play 80-yard drive that he capped off with a 23-yard run to put the Raiders up 28-25.

White Bear Lake then scored on its next possession, when their running back broke through the line on a fourth and 1 and scored from 55 yards out. That was the final score in the game.

Hastings had a few drives stall in the fourth quarter that would have made the difference.

“We played hard,” coach Dana Strain said. “We had chances to make plays to finish the job. We just didn’t. They made more plays than we did.

“We certainly had our chances. We did throughout the game. It was one of those back-and-forth games.”

McCarthy had 28 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns on the night. Through the air, he completed three of 15 passes for 44 yards.

“He looks like a man amongst boys sometimes,” Strain said. “He’s such a gifted kid. He’s a real threat. The one area we need to work to improve on is passing. That’s our focus this week. If we have a week where we can throw it well, we’re going to be exceptionally dangerous. We’re really good in the running game, and Brandon is a big part of that.”

Dylla also had a big night for Hastings, playing on both sides of the ball and seeing a fair amount of time in the backfield. He had seven carries for 106 yards.

“We didn’t’ start the game with him there, but we put him back there and he had that big long run. He’s got great speed. That’s one of the reasons why we like to put him back there once in a while. He was all over the field for us.”

Shane Anderson had six carries for 44 yards and Daryale Harris had five carries for 18 yards.

Dylla caught two passes for 29 yards and Zach Wiese had one catch for 15 yards.

Defensively, Hastings forced two turnovers. Colin Shoen and Mark Vaith each had fumble recoveries.

This week

Hastings plays host to Mounds View on Friday night in the homecoming game.

The Mustangs have a 4-1 record on the season and they are atop the SEC standings with East Ridge and Roseville.

Mounds View started the season with three straight wins, beating Woodbury (27-7), Park (48-17) and Forest Lake (49-13). They lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 20-7, then beat Stillwater last week, 41-34.