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Turnovers Slow Down Tigers

The Tigers were able to hang with Hastings College for three quarters but in the end, they fell to the Broncos, 43-21 at Lloyd Wilson Field in Hastings. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-7 overall and in the GPAC.

Hastings forced the Tigers into a 3-and-out and on fourth down, an errant snap to the punter, Shane Heidemann, went into the end zone and resulted in a safety. The Broncos first possession resulted in a 43-yard drive on 10 plays, ending in a field goal to put Hastings up 5-0.

Doane came back with a long drive of their own, 80 yards over 11 plays. The drive was capped with a Jaremy Puthoff two-yard run for a touchdown. Tim Reed accounted for 35 yards rushing and the Tigers were 2-for-2 on third down during the drive.

The Broncos came right back and answered with a touchdown, covering 60 yards in seven plays. Hastings led 12-7 after one quarter of play.

Midway through the second quarter, the Tigers reached into the play book as receivers hooked up on a pass play. Jeremiah Saffold completed a 47-yard pass to Tyrone Curry to give the Tigers a 14-12 lead.

Following a defensive stop, the Tigers forced Hastings to punt and took possession at midfield. On third down, Anthony Dunn was intercepted and Hastings took it back to the 22-yard line. The Broncos scored two plays later to go ahead 19-14.

Doane looked poised to drive again into scoring position but a dropped pass bounced into the air and landed into the hands of a Hastings linebacker for an interception just before halftime.

The Tiger defense stood strong to open the third quarter, holding Hastings down on three straight possessions. However, following a punt on the third Bronco possession, Saffold muffed the reception and Hastings recovered. Two plays later, Hastings got in the end zone for a 26-14 lead.

Hastings opened the fourth quarter with a pair of drives that led to a field goal and a touchdown to give them a 36-14 lead.

Doane followed with a 15 play, 80 yard drive that was capped by a Dunn pass to Saffold as the Tigers cut the lead to 36-21.

Hastings came back with a touchdown to cap the scoring on the day.

For the game, Hastings held the edge in total offense with 358 yards to the Tigers' 350. Doane was minus-three in turnovers which resulted in 14 Bronco points.

Tim Reed led the ground attack with 64 yards while Jaremy Puthoff finished with 47. Dunn finished the game completing 18 passes for 196 yards while Tyrone Curry led the receivers with 114 yards on five receptions.

Defensively, Josh Milz and Dalton Ryba were in on eight total tackles while Joe Knott was in on seven, five solo. The Tigers had five tackles for loss in the game, resulting in a negative 10 yards.

The Tigers will close out the season at Briar Cliff on November 13.