Hastings Raider senior Axel Arnold is this week’s Athlete of the Week after he helped lead the Raider football team to a 21-0, home-opener win over Apple Valley last Thursday night. He was 9-for-15 passing for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the victory while rushing 12 times for 85 yards. Arnold returns for his second year as quarterback for Hastings and has thrown for 211 yards and three touchdowns while running the ball 20 times for over 100 yards so far this fall. Below he talks football and his senior year with school back to normal.
Q: What’s it like being back at school during the football season?
AA: It’s different, it’s different, it’s crazy that I have to go back to school tomorrow morning, it’s a little depressing but it’s fine, it is what it is.
Q: Not a big fan of the Thursday games?
AA: Thursday games are not my favorite, Saturday games however I love those, because they make me feel like a college player on College Gameday.
Q: Did you set any goals for this year after last year?
AA: We’ve got to win more games in the season before we head to sections, just so we can get a better seeding.
Q: How do you think you’ve improved from last season to this season?
AA: I think we just have a group of guys who have been playing together forever. Last year we had sophomores playing with seniors and just a whole mix of people, but we mainly have been playing with each other since fifth and sixth grade, so we just know each other and click a lot better.
Q: Pick up any new weird hobbies/interests during quarantine?
AA: Not really, I broke my wrist in the summer so I started playing a lot of video games, but that’s about it.
Q: Anything you are looking forward to most about being back this year?
AA: I just like that we have a full class now and I get to see everybody. It was just different last year when you didn’t have anybody to sit next to, you’re all spaced out, like 20 people max in your classes, it was just weird.
Q: What’s your favorite class?
AA: I really like math.
Q: When you’re not playing football, recovering, what can your friends catch you doing?
AA: Just hanging out with the boys, honestly.