Broncos open spring practice with fun, focus

Members of the Hastings College football team huddle up at an April 9, 2018 practice (KHGI)

Hastings College kicking off spring practice Monday afternoon and even amid cold temperatures with high wind, the enthusiasm could not be deterred.

The Broncos are aiming to lay the foundation for their first winning season since 2014, which is also the last time Hastings College posted a winning record in GPAC play.

"We're going to do some things periodically throughout the week that we've never done," said Tony Harper, entering his eight season as head coach. "For example we're going to put offensive guys with defensive guys and defensive guys with offense and kind of break that monotony up and have a little fun with this thing."

There are plenty of question marks for the Broncos to sort out this spring. They lost five players in the secondary along with their most productive receiver, Noah Housh, and their main signal-caller, Anthony Cloyd.

The coaching staff will be busy evaluating their respected position groups, along with putting some new methods into their practice sessions this spring.

"Everything this spring is internal," Harper says. "We can't read papers, we can't look at who we're playing. We can't look at last years schedule, this upcoming schedule. We have to focus on ourselves and that's the big message."

The Broncos ended the 2017 season on a sour note losing their last five games, three of which were decided by eight points or less.

Jordan Johnson returns for his senior year on the edge, along with quarterbacks Clark Livingston, a senior, and junior Isaiah Jackson, who both took game snaps last season.

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