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Hastings football season ends with 28-21 loss to Henry Sibley

Hastings' Mike Junker tries to elude a Henry Sibley tackler during Tuesday night's game. Photo courtesy of Beck Photography

On paper, the Hastings Raiders had one heck of a game on Tuesday night against Henry Sibley.

Hastings outgained Sibley, 397 yards to 277.

Hastings had just one turnover.

Hastings had a 100-yard rusher, a 100-yard receiver and took a 14-0 lead to start the game.

But in the one stat category that matters the most, the Raiders fell short. The Raiders lost to the Warriors, 28-21.

The loss ends the season for Hastings.

“They made a few more plays than we did,” coach Dana Strain said. “That’s what it comes down to. It was a competitive football game. It was back and forth, but at the end of the day, they made a few more plays.

“We certainly had opportunities. We didn’t capitalize on enough of them to win the game.”

With the game tied 21-21, Sibley got the ball in the fourth quarter and went on a 14-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off on a five-yard touchdown run, leaving 2:44 to play.

Hastings then went on its own drive but that drive stalled after Hastings had gotten inside the Sibley 20.

Hastings got off to a great start in the game, taking a 7-0 lead on a fake field goal. On the play, the ball was handed off to Ross Dylla, who then threw a pass to Daryale Harris for a 20-yard score. Jonah Harrington kicked the extra point and Hastings went up 7-0.

That was the same play Hastings used against Roseville last year.

With a minute to play in the first quarter, Hastings went up 14-0 on a 10-yard run by quarterback Brandon McCarthy. Harrington was successful again, and Hastings led 14-0.

Sibley got moving then, scoring with 10:06 to play in the second quarter. They added a score with 3:18 to play to tie the game, 14-14.

Just before the end of the half, though, Hastings put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive to take the lead back. McCarthy scored on a seven-yard run and Hastings led 21-14 at the half.

In the third quarter, Sibley scored with 6:36 to play.

They added the fourth quarter score and won.

The Raiders finish the season with a 3-6 record.

“Did we win as many as we’d like?” Strain asked. “No. That’s never the case, unless you win the last game and win a championship. At the end of the day, it’s about working with the kids. They gave great effort and were competitive.

“We did some really good things along the way. It was a fun season.”

McCarthy finished with 20 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Shane Anderson had 12 carries for 26 yards.

Through the air, McCarthy completed 15 of 30 pass attempts for 213 yards.

Drew Pottinger had two catches for 20 yards. Dylla had four catches for 53 yards.

Zach Wiese had seven catches for 118 yards.

Harris had one catch for 20 yards and Mike Junker had one catch for 22 yards.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost the regular season finale to East Ridge on Wednesday night of last week, 35-6.

The Raptors are one of the state’s top teams and won the SEC title with a record of 7-1.

Hastings moved the ball fine on the ground, picking up 146 yards on the night, but through the air Hastings couldn’t get anything going.

Quarterback Brandon McCarthy rushed for 123 yards on 21 carries. He completed three of 13 pass attempts for eight yards and had one interception.

Daryale Harris had nine carries for 25 yards.

The lone Hastings touchdown came in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Ross Dylla.

Hastings struggled with turnovers on the night, losing two fumbles and the one interception.

On defense, though, Hastings had three interceptions to even the turnover battle. Mike Junker had two interceptions and Drew Pottinger had one.

The East Ridge offense picked up 247 yards on the ground and 106 through the air.