Broncos boast one of NAIA's best pass defenses

Defenders for the Hastings College football team go through drills, Sept. 26, 2017, at a Broncos practice (KHGI)

HASTINGS --- Hastings College football is off to a 3–1 start for the second consecutive season, and boy we're they close to a 4–0 start.

Tough sledding at the Dakota Dome.

The Broncos have seen both sides of the ball step up the first few weeks, especially the defense.

Hastings is the top ranked team in the NAIA in pass defense efficiency and second in pass defense per game. The difference this time around is a finely tuned secondary limiting big plays.

"To be honest with you the experience we have," said head coach Tony Harper. "We've got guys that are juniors and seniors that have been playing for us regardless of the change in system or whatever. The guys that are new are also juniors and they've all played college football that's probably been the biggest thing."

The Broncos are also giving up a mere 21.3 points per game, good for the 15th best in the NAIA. They held Dakota Wesleyan to 38, who had been averaging 53.75 points and is still the No. 2 scoring offense nationally.

"The defensive line has been able to get pressure," Harper said. "We're not bringing a lot of linebacker pressures. It's just the d–line rushing 3 guys and putting pressure on the quarterback at different times."

The Broncos are hosting Concordia this weekend for homecoming at 1 pm. The Bulldogs are more defensive minded themselves, and they are a good rushing team, ranking 33rd in the nation with 172.8 yards per game.

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