Hastings College football 3-1 after comeback win over Concordia

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Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 11:24 PM CDT
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SEWARD, Neb. (Press Release) - It was a wild day for the Hastings College football team seeing missed opportunities create a hole for the Broncos only to see the defense step up time and time again as Hastings erased a 15 points second half deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 21-17 on Saturday afternoon.

Concordia forced a quick three-and-out against Hastings and took the ensuing possession 50 plays in nine plays to take a 3-0 lead on the Ty Harold 21-yard field goal.

The Bronco offense then marched into plus territory but faced a fourth and two where Brett Simonsen was stopped short of the line to gain turning the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs answered right back with a seven play 66-yard drive as Austin Jablonski connected with Korrell Koehlmo to make it 10-0 with 2:01 to go in the first quarter.

On its next possession, it looked like Concordia stopped the Bronco offense but a low snap on the punt attempt sent Jason Bachle scrabbling eluding tacklers to get the first down to continue the drive. Hastings seemed to take advantage moving the ball down to the one-yard line but the Bulldogs kept the Broncos from scoring turning them over on downs at the one.

After the Bronco front line stymied the rush on first down, on second down the front line got into the back field taking Carter Seim down in the end zone for the safety making it 10-2 early in the second quarter.

Neither offense would really threaten the rest of the half as the score remained 10-2 in to the third.

Just as Concordia did in the first half, the first possession of the second was a success as Jablonski connected with Koehlmo for a TD as Hastings now faced a 17-2 deficit.

But Hastings would not be fazed as its defense would come up with yet another big play as Koby Brandenburg stepped in front of the Jablonsk pass intercepting it at the CUNE 35.

From here, Hastings slowly moved into the red zone and on third and goal from the nine, John Zamora scrambled all the way to the end zone breathing some life into the Bronco sideline trailing 17-9 following the Bachle extra point.

The defense came up big on the next possession as Concordia had a third and 12 when Caden Egr chased down Jablonsk for a huge sack back to the Bulldog 20 forcing a punt into the wind. Garrett Esch made a fair catch at the HC 45 and two plays later, Zamora hit a streaking Toryian Tubbs for the 54-yard touchdown but the two-point conversion was missed as HC now trailed 17-15 with 4:32 to go in the third.

After the teams traded possessions, Concordia moved to its back up quarterback and DJ McGarvie completed what seemed to be a harmless one yard pass to Cole Coffey but Blake Vaughn stripped the ball loose before he hit the ground allowing an alert Jayden Roberts to pounce on it setting the offense up in great field position at the CUNE 17.

Hastings didn’t wait long as Zamora looked to Esch on the fade as the pass was perfectly place to the back pylon where Esch pulled it down for the touchdown and the 21-17 lead as the two-point conversion failed.

Now it was the defense’s turn to shine as Brandenburg came up and broke up a pass on second down that would have been enough for a first down and on third down, Arjee Mack-Myers jumped the pass in the flat taking down Devin Zeigler for a four-yard loss forcing another Bulldog punt.

Concordia would get the ball back with 9:42 to go but when McGarvie completed a pass to Carsen Arline, he would also be stripped of the ball by Blake Vaughn with Carlo Terrell jumping on it setting up the offense with great field position once again, this time at the CUNE 35.

Hastings would be unable to get anything going as was now playing a field position game pinning the Bulldogs back at its own nine with 7:22 to play.

This time, Concordia was able to put a drive together marching down to the Hastings 24 where it faced a third and seven but once again the Bronco defense was up for the task as Beasley Ihegworo sacked McGarvie back at the 28. On fourth and 11, McGarvie was unable to find anyone open as the Hastings defense held strong giving the ball back to the offense with 4:49 to go.

This is where the Broncos would catch a bit of a break facing a fourth and one at its own 37, it appeared as if Hastings was trying to draw the Bulldogs offside and when the left end moved a bit, the ball was snapped and Zamora sent a deep ball to only one play, Concordia’s Isiaha Conner where he intercepted it and was taken down by a very good tackle by Tubbs at the CUNE27. If he doesn’t intercept the ball, Concordia has it at the Hastings 37 with 3:17 to go.

But the Bronco defense was up to the task again as Carlo Terrell deflected the McGarvie pass away and on fourth and four, McGarvie couldn’t find an open receiver as the Broncos forced another turnover on downs.

Hastings took over with 2:55 to go and picked up a huge first down when Zamora connected with Esch on third and 10 after the Bulldogs used up two of its timeouts. Hastings moved the ball to the Bulldog 14 where Head Coach Matt Franzen chose not to kick the field goal on fourth and seven but instead threw a fade to Tubbs where the ball would be caught but one of Tubb’s toes was on the end line as the ball was turned back over to Concordia at the CUNE 14 with just :28 to go.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a couple nice pass plays and a pass interference moving the ball to the Hastings 46. This setup a hail marry opportunity but Tyler Pawloski got to the quarterback just as he released the ball sending the football out of bounds around the 10 as Hastings came away with the 21-17 victory.

Hastings finished the game with 294 yards of offense while CUNE had 322. Zamora finished the game going 18-for-33 for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 48 yards and a score.

But the big stat was the timely turnovers as Hastings forced four compared to two for Concordia. Hastings was able to turn two of those into 13 points which proved to be pivotal in the second half. Tubbs led the way at wideout with 68 yards and a touchdown.

Mason Catterson and Brandenburg each finished with seven total tackles but it was the 15 total tackles for loss that really showed how well this defense played. Egr finished with 2.5 tackles for loss while Laython ShawHarrison Udeh and Catterson each had 1.5 tackles for loss. Vaughn’s two forced fumbles are a career high to go along with his five tackles for the sophomore from Fort Collins, CO.

Hastings is now 3-1 (2-1) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Sept. 24 as Dakota Wesleyan comes to town for Homecoming with kickoff set for 1:00 pm on Lloyd Wilson Field.