Hastings- It took very little time for the Hasting College football team to take the lead against Concordia and keep it en route to a 38-18 win on Homecoming Saturday at Lloyd Wilson Field.
Both the Broncos (4-1,1-1 GPAC) and the Bulldogs (2-3,1-2 GPAC) had empty possessions to start the game, but that changed when the Bulldogs got the ball for their second drive of the game. On 3rd-and-6, CUNE's Andrew Perea pass was intercepted by Anthony Murray (SR/Aurora, CO), who took it to the house to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead.
With 8:45 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs threatened with when they had the ball on the 30-yard line, but Perea was intercepted again, this time by Ross Ostendorf (SR/Gothenburg, NE), on the 5-yard line to keep the Broncos' lead at 7-0.
The Broncos struck again with 10:10 left in the third quarter when Anthony Cloyd (SR/Omaha, NE) connected with Jordan Johnson (JR/Spring Valley, CA) for a 19-yard, one-handed touchdown catch. Two minutes later, Concordia answered back with a 35-yard field goal to make the score 14-3. Hastings took little time to answer the Bulldogs' field goal with a 39-yard field goal by Alex Stogdill (JR/Lincoln, NE) for a 17-3 Broncos lead. With :12 left on the clock, the Bulldogs got another field goal to cut their deficit to 11.
Rashaad Shamburger (JR/Woodland Hills, CA) got into the action with an 8-yard reception from Cloyd with 12:10 left in the game to pad the Broncos lead to 24-6. Tahj Willingham (JR/Greenwood Village, CO) also got the ball into the endzone with a 13-yard carry, making the game 31-6.
Concordia did not go down without a fight, scoring a touchdown off a 15-yard pass with 7:10 left, but Perea was unable to connect with one of his receivers for the two-point conversion.
The last scoring play of the game for the Broncos came with 3:14 left when Willingham got another carry for two yards, giving the Broncos a 38-12 lead late in the game. Concordia also made one push down the field when Perea connected with Vincent Beasley for a 7-yard receiving touchdown, but failed to convert the two-point attempt as well.
When asked about the Broncos' performance, Head Coach Tony Harper said, "I thought we did a good job up front. That is a very good defense that Concordia has. They got a secondary that I think is one of the best in the conference. We were able to establish the run early in the game. People got confidence in each other. I think guys are understanding exactly what is expected out of them."
The Broncos were led by Cloyd and Stogdill. Cloyd tallied 196 passing yards and 78 rushing yards while Stogdill went 5-5 on PATs, 1-1 on field goals, four tackles, and seven rushing yards on a fake punt.
The Broncos look to keep their momentum going when they host Briar Cliff next Saturday with a kickoff of 1 p.m.