It was a tale of two halves for the Hastings High football team as it took on Class B No. 3 Scottsbluff in the Tigers' homecoming game.
Hastings High outscored the Bearcats 7-0 in the second half. But unfortunately for the Tigers, Scottsbluff had already built a comfortable lead in the first two quarters and the Tigers fell to the Bearcats 28-7 at Lloyd Wilson Field for their third straight loss.
After the Tigers (1-3) gave up all 28 points in the first half, Hastings High head coach Rick Ripperger said his team didn't change anything in the game plan to stop Scottsbluff (4-0). He simply showed his team what play was beating the Tigers, and told them how to stop it. While HHS didn't come away with the victory, Ripperger said his team showed no quit.
"I'm proud of our kids effort. (Scottsbluff) is a good football team," the HHS coach said. "And to come out here and play them as tough as we did in the second half, shows a lot of character out of our boys. Now, we have to do that starting in the first half, and we have to do that throughout the whole game. ... We're not a bad football team. We're just not making plays at the right time."