Raider football rolls past Tartan 27-7 in battle of 4-1 teams
The Hastings Raiders football team wasted no time rebounding from their loss to the St. Thomas Cadets last Friday as the cruised past the Tartan Titans Friday night 27-7 in Oakdale. The Raiders sprinted out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and then went ahead 27-0 in the third quarter before allowing a touchdown. Senior running back Corbin Leflay had 253 total yards between rushing, receiving and kick returns as well as a touchdown. With the win, Hastings improves to 5-1 and sit a game behind St. Thomas in the Suburban Maroon sub-district.
The Hastings defense started out the scoring as senior lineman Godswill Pepple recovered and returned a fumble 45 yards just minutes into the game and they led 6-0 after the two-point conversion failed with 10:46 left in the first quarter. Five minutes later, senior quarterback Sully Levos took it in from one yard out and the extra point by junior kicker and soccer player C.J. Brenny was good to make it 13-0 Raiders with 5:32 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter went scores but then Hastings extended their lead when Leflay took the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards for a touchdown and they led 20-0 just 17 seconds into the third quarter. With under two minutes left in the third quarter, Levos scored his second one yard touchdown of the game and made it 27-0 Raiders with 1:34 left in the third. Tartan got on the board early in the fourth quarter on a seven yard touchdown pass from Solomon Whalen to Antwan Kimmons and 27-7 was the final.
The Hastings defense allowed 156 yards rushing and 112 yards passing but kept the Titans out of the endzone along with forcing two turnovers, the Pepple fumble recovery and score and then an interception by senior defensive back Ben Streeter.
As was mentioned earlier, after being held in check by the Cadets, Leflay continued on a tear with 253 yards combined from rushing, receiving and kick returns. He carried the ball 21 times for 116 yards, scored on an 85-yard kickoff return and added a 52-yard catch as well. Levos completed two passes for 57 yards and scored on the ground twice. Junior wide receiver Jackson Kirchoff had the other reception from Levos.
Hastings hosts Apple Valley on Friday, Oct. 13, and then finishes the regular season by going to South St. Paul on Wednesday, Oct. 17.