The one that got away.
The saying could be the theme for the Hastings College football team’s final game of the 2012 season.
The Broncos lost to Nebraska Wesleyan 21-14 in the season finale after turning the ball over five times. The HC offense and special teams lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions, while the defense had one of its best showings of the year.
“We put ourselves in that position again. We muffed a punt down (in HC territory), we had a couple turnovers down there and they scored right away out of the shoot,” said HC head coach Tony Harper, whose Broncos ended the year on a four-game losing streak after opening the season with six straight wins. “I don’t know how many times they had the ball in the red zone today, and our defense made them attempt field goals. I know the score doesn’t show and I don’t know what the stats were, but our defense played with their backs against the wall and they played hard.”
Hastings College (6-4, 5-4 GPAC) gave up just 264 yards of total offense, but Nebraska Wesleyan (6-4, 5-4) started eight drives in Bronco territory, including four drives inside the Hastings 30-yard line. The Prairie Wolves scored the game’s first touchdown after recovering a muffed punt at the HC 10.