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Hastings College loses heartbreaker in overtime

Broncos drop overtime thriller in Seward to in-state rival Concordia, 34-28.
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 10:32 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - If you were looking for a great football game, this Hastings College Concordia back-and-forth was exactly what the doctor ordered. Hastings may have been on the short end losing 34-28 in overtime but no one can take away just how good both of these teams played on Saturday night.

This game gave you everything you could have wanted from huge hits to big plays to the football Gods getting involved. This is one thing that we all needed was a game like this to finish up our Saturday with the unfortunate ending with the Broncos losing.

Hastings had some missed opportunities as the Broncos were able to take its first drive down the field following a huge return from Brenton Bell (JR/San Diego, CA) but the drive stalled as Jason Bachle (SO/Grand Island, NE) would then miss the ensuing 51-yard field goal attempt.

But the Bronco defense would again keep the Bulldogs from doing any damage including a huge hit by Tyler Pawloski (SO/Pleasanton, NE) to end the drive and Jesse Ulrich (SO/Ord, NE) along with Tyree Nesmith (SR/Baltimore, MD) went right to work on its second drive.

On first down from the Hastings 48, Ulrich would connect with Keiotey Stenhouse (SR/Pacoima, CA) for 38-yards and then Nesmith did the rest scoring on a 13-yard plunge for the early 7-0 lead.

The Hastings defense came up huge once again when Keyuntea Kinney (SR/Marietta, TX) sacked Blake Culbert on third down to get the ball back to the Bronco offense.

Neither offense did much on the next few possessions until Concordia drove down the field at the end of the first quarter and on the third play of the second quarter, Jonah Weyand scored to make it 7-7.

After Hastings failed to get much going on its next possession, Concordia was lifted by a fake punt that would lead to Weyand’s second rushing TD of the day and the 14-7 lead.

Getting late into the half, Concordia was driving once again but Steel Willis (SR/Houston, TX) came up with a huge tackle for loss and then Jordan Spilinek would miss the ensuing 47-yard field goal to keep the game at 14-7.

Ulrich took over from there going 3-for-4 on the next drive connecting with Riley Ostendorf (SR/Gothenburg, NE) for 38-yards and then finishing the drive off hitting Stenhouse for the 29-yard touchdown strike to tie the game 14-14 with 1:02 to go.

Just when you thought the Hastings defense had gotten the team to halftime, Weyand broke free at midfield and looked to take it to the house but Carlo Terrell (SO/Kansas City, MO) made a huge play tripping Weyand up at the six to preserve the tie with the clock showing 0:00.

Another missed opportunity for Hastings was on the first drive of the second half when Ulrich was rolling to his left on third down and looked to be throwing the ball away only to have it intercepted at the Hastings three yard line.

But the Bronco D came up with another stop and Hastings would go on a nine play 55 yard drive that was capped off by Nesmith’s second touchdown of the game scoring from nine yards out on third down and the 21-14 lead.

Then, Concordia had an answer of its own midway through the fourth as Weyand scored his third rushing touchdown to tie the game 21-21.

Hastings looked to go back to work but this is where the football Gods tested Hastings when the ensuing kickoff was kicked short and then bounced back towards the Bulldogs where they recovered it and once again Weyand would score his fourth rushing touchdown and now Hastings trailed 28-21 with 2:56 to play.

Ulrich was not fazed connecting with Ostendorf for 11-yards, then Quentin Synek (SO/Hastings, NE) for 18 followed by hitting Stenhouse for 23 more yards. After taking a sack, Ulrich willed his way from 18-yards out for the tying score with 1:25 to play. Concordia would run the clock out and then overtime would ensue.

Unfortunately for Hastings, their drive stalled and a botched snap left Hastings with no points and then Weyand would get his fifth rushing touchdown of the game to end it at 34-28.

For the game, Ulrich was 13-for-24 for 245 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 32 yards and a score. Nesmith carried the ball 21 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Stenhouse led the way with six catches for 125 yards and a score.

On defense, Tydus Clay (JR/Conroe, TX) led the way with 13 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass break up. Paxton Terry (SO/McCook, NE) added 12 tackles , 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups.

For the game, Hastings finished with 371 total yards compared to Concordia’s 395. At halftime, Concordia held a 100 yard advantage at 255-155.

Hastings is now 1-1 (1-1) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Sept. 26 as Doane comes to town for Homecoming with kick-off set for 1:00 p.m. on Lloyd Wilson Field.

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