Hastings’ defense played great and kept the Raiders in the game the entire way, but the offense was unable to get anything going against the Simley Spartans. Hastings fell to Simley 10-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 23, and has now lost three games in a row since beating Henry Sibley in the season opener. The Raiders are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict halfway through the season.

Neither team’s offense was impressive during Friday’s game, though Simley was able to move the ball enough to collect two scores. After the Raiders went three-and-out on their opening drive, they had a botched punt attempt blocked deep in their own territory. While the defense was able to hold and force a turnover-on-downs, they were pinned deep on their own end and once again were forced to punt. The Spartans took advantage of the short field this time and scored on a nine-yard touchdown run to lead 7-0 with 3:46 left in the first quarter.

Hastings responded by hitting on a long pass play to sophomore wide receiver Jackson Kirchoff. However, a botched snap on a fourth-down attempt stalled the drive in Simley territory and the Raiders turned the ball over on downs. The Spartans then started the second quarter at their own 46-yard line and drove down to the goal line where Hastings’ defense stood firm once again. Simley then converted a 21-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead with 5:41 left in the half.

After an exchange of punts, the Raiders got the ball with 2:11 left in the first half at their own 15. The offense clicked a little using several short passes and they were able to advance it to midfield before senior quarterback Trey Rogers was stripped and fumbled dropping back to pass. Simley recovered with 50 seconds left in the half but then missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

Simley missed another field goal to start the second half. With the help of a penalty to keep their drive alive, Hastings was able to move into Spartan territory and flip the field. After punting to Simley, the Raiders forced a fumble that was recovered by senior T. J. Pottinger at the Simley 23-yard line at the end of the third quarter. Hastings took advantage of the situation and Rogers scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to cut Simley’s lead to 10-7 with 9:38 left in the game.

Neither team was then able to do anything the rest of the game and Hastings lost 10-7.

The Raiders managed just 139 yards of total offense for the game. They ran 42 times for 77 yards and averaged less than two yards a carry. Pottinger was the leading rusher with 18 carries for 46 yards. Despite his 7-yard touchdown run, Rogers ran for a negative -15 yards when you include the sacks and the botched snap that took place.

Rogers also completed five passes on 11 attempts for 62 yards. Kirchoff was the leading receiver for the second week in a row with four receptions for 55 yards.

Hastings travels to St. Thomas Academy next Friday, Sept. 29.