CRETE — In last year’s 110th meeting between the Hastings College and Doane College football teams, the Broncos played the role of spoiler by knocking off a higher ranked opponent and preventing the Tigers from making the playoffs.
This year, Doane returned the favor.
NAIA No. 18 Hastings College fell to Doane 48-16, snapping a nine-game win streak for HC over the Tigers. The Broncos struggled to get anything going offensively and couldn’t slow down a balanced Doane attack. Hastings College head coach Tony Harper said his team simply wasn’t ready for the game.
“Our problems stemmed today from Doane played harder and they played faster than we did. And that’s the bottom line,” Harper said. “Football is a very simple game. I don’t care what your scheme is and I don’t care what you do, but when you don’t play as hard or harder than your opponents, you’re going to lose the football game. And that’s what happened today. They just played harder than we did.”
HC (6-2, 5-2 GPAC) managed only 312 yards of total offense, its lowest output of the season. On top of that, the Broncos’ 62 yards rushing is the fewest since Oct. 22, 2011, when Hastings mustered only 34 yards against Morningside.
Doane (5-3, 4-3) came out firing right away, scoring on a 10 play, 60-yard drive that took five minutes off the clock. Hastings appeared ready to counter with a drive of its own, but the Broncos stalled once they crossed into Doane territory.