Hastings College fell to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon for their last game of the season. The final score of the game Saturday was 21-14. HC was down the entire first half, trailing 13-0. With 2:22 left in the third quarter HC scored their first touchdown. A handoff to freshman, Sean Robnett sealed HC with 6 points, and Kenny Anderson made it 13-7 with his point after kick. After this touchdown, Nebraska Wesleyan added eight more points to the board after a touchdown and going for two. Senior Keenen Ballage was able to say goodbye to the team by scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a seven yard run. After the kick the score was 21-14. They had 3 minutes to hold Nebraska Wesleyan and get the ball back to try for a tying touchdown. Unfortunately, Nebraska Wesleyan was able to hang on to the ball and run out the time to keep the score at 21-14.
This was the last game of the season for all of the players, but for some it was the last of their careers. The team had to say goodbye to their senior teammates this week. In all, HC will say goodbye to 15 seniors this year. The HC seniors were ready to play going into Saturday’s game. Senior John Melies tried pumping the team up late in the fourth quarter with HC down by only a touchdown, “There’s no such thing as a first down for them, let’s get this!” he told his fellow teammates.
In Saturday’s game senior standouts included; Keenen Ballage, who ended the game with 68 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown, quarterback Johnny Dostal ended the night with 37 rushing yards and 198 passing yards, and defensive linemen, John Melies ended the game with a total of 2 sacks. The underclassmen promised the leaving seniors that next year they will make sure to get the ring that they all deserved.
The Broncos ended their season with a total record of 6-4 and a conference record of 5-4.