The Hastings Raiders lost a low-scoring game to the Hill-Murray Pioneers 7-6 Friday night, Sept. 8, in Maplewood. Despite losing where it matters, on the scoreboard, the Raiders dominated in just about every statistical category.

Both teams had their only scores come in the first quarter. Hastings struck first on a four-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver T.J. Pottinger., but they failed to convert the extra point and led 6-0. Just over a minute later, Hill-Murray scored on a 70-yard touchdown run by Liam Lannon and converted the extra point to lead 7-6, which would be the final.

The Raiders outgained the Pioneers 278 yard to 125 and racked up 21 first downs to Hill-Murray’s seven. Senior quarterback Trey Rogers completed three passes for 27 yards on six attempts. Pottinger was Hastings’ leading rusher, gaining 97 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. Junior running back rushed 16 times for 75 yards, while senior Joel Stricker (44 yards) and junior Travis Frias (38 yards) each ran the ball eight times. Pottinger had all three of the team’s receptions for 27 yards. The Raider defense limited Hill-Murray to 85 yards rushing on 28 carries (70 of which came on the touchdown run) and 40 yards passing on five completions.

Hastings is now 1-1 on the season and are 1-0 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict. Next week they travel to their Highway 61 rival Park of Cottage Grove on Friday, Sept. 15, to face the Wolfpack.