LEXINGTON — It took one play to lift a heavy burden off of an entire fan-base and its football team.
When the Hastings High defense stopped Lexington's fourth-down attempt, sealing the Tigers' first victory since the first week of the season on Aug. 24, HHS coach Rick Ripperger said his team felt relieved.
"They were happy and I was very happy for them. They all felt like they had a lot of pressure taken off of them," Ripperger said. "I've been telling you guys, they've been working extremely hard to get this. And I'm just happy for our boys."
The Tigers defeated Lexington 25-20 in a thrilling, and much needed, road victory.
Hastings High quickly jumped out to a 16-0 lead at halftime thanks to touchdown runs by Tanner Johnson and Tyler Ripperger and a field goal by Michael Sadd. But the momentum swung in favor of Lexington in the second half.