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Tigers look to air it out more

Hastings senior Alex Swoboda rolls to his left and throws to a receiver, Aug. 6, 2018, at a Tiger football practice. (KHGI)

With a handful of receivers capable of a breakout season, and a quarterback coming off a good junior year, the Hastings Tigers are changing things up for 2018 with an eye for the air.

"I think we'll probably be more in that mode this year," said head coach Charlie Shoemaker. "We feel like we've got some speed guys on the perimeter who can do some things. A lot of our receivers are returning and our starting quarterback is returning."

Senior quarterback Alex Swoboda split time with Connor Laux last year. Laux was more of a rushing threat, carrying the ball almost 45 percent of the time the Tigers rushed it and Swoboda was more of a go–to guy in passing moments.

Now the offense is all his and the Tigers are making a bigger commitment to the passing game because of all the possibilities lying in wait.

"I think we'll be throwing a lot more than last year," Swoboda says. "We've been playing 7-on-7 and running routes since March, so we've got a lot of experience. I've been throwing with two of these guys since seventh grade year and I have a lot of chemistry with them."

Swoboda finished his junior season with a 61.8 completion percentage, a 94.0 rating and 689 yards. He also had a 10 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio.

Hastings kicks off the season Aug. 24. at home versus McCook.

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