On Sunday, when the Hastings High Tigers meet for their film session, this is what they’ll see: a gutsy defense with good play by the linebackers, an offense that gained 251 yards, and plenty of opportunities to upset McCook.
But what they’ll also see are debilitating mistakes — fumbles, blocked punts, blocked field goals, sacks — that helped the Bison (5-2) roll the Tigers 41-12 Friday at Lloyd Wilson Field.
“They hurt. I felt like at halftime that if we don’t make mistakes, it could’ve been 14-9 against a darn good football team,” said head coach Rick Ripperger, whose team drops it’s sixth consecutive game to fall to 1-6. “In the first half, (McCook) had one decent drive on us. I thought our defense played well. Offensively, we were doing some good things. We knew they were a good defensive ball club. I think we wore down a little bit.”
Albeit for two non-offensive touchdowns by McCook, the Tigers could’ve made it a game.