Increased energy, quicker start encouraged for Broncos

Hastings College quarterback Clark Livingston makes a pass at a Sept. 18, 2018 practice with the Bronco football team. (KHGI)

Hastings College suffering their first loss of 2018 on the road against Briar Cliff. The Broncos tendency to fall behind this year finally caught up with them.

The Chargers racing out to a 20–0 lead at the break and eventually topping the Broncos, 26–14. The Broncos can't afford to come out so flat moving forward.

"We just didn't have the energy," head coach Tony Harper said. "I know that's kind of coach speak. At the end of the day they played harder than we did in the first half and we just weren't able to overcome that.

It's back to the drawing board this week for Harper and his coaching staff.

Senior running back Tahj Willingham was held to 35 yards rushing, almost unheard of for him, and the Broncos were outgained 392–276 on offense despite having eleven more plays than the Chargers.

"The first couple of games, I mean the first game of the year with the triple option and everything like that, breaking in a new quarterback," Harper said. "Second game we had that rain delay and they kind of jumped out on us a little early. This past week we just didn't start well."

This is homecoming week at Hastings College, as Dordt College (1-1, 0-1 GPAC) comes to Lloyd Wilson Field, Saturday at 1 p.m. The volleyball team then plays host to Mount Marty at 3 p.m. inside Lynn Farrell Arena.

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