The Hodgeman County Longhorns football team finished the season as state runner-up Saturday, falling to Hanover 54-48.

Overall, the team finished the season 10-3, the second-best record the team has finished a year with since Hanston and Jetmore combined. The one time they finished with a better record than this season was 2013, when the Longhorns went 12-1, also falling in the State Championship Game.

“It was a very good season,” Longhorns head coach Matt Housman said. “(I was) very impressed with how the kids have produced throughout the year.”

Among the things that impressed Housman was the way the team continued to improve throughout the playoffs, and how the players hung together even though the team had two losses going into the final game, he said. Specifically, they never blamed each other.

“They stayed very positive,” Housman said.

There were a number of good moments for the team this season, Housman said, so picking a favorite was difficult, but two that stuck out were the team’s playoff victory over Otis-Bison after having lost to them a few weeks earlier, and the team’s near-comeback against Hanover in the State Championship Game.

Though it’s hard to feel good after a loss, Housman said Saturday’s game was one from which the team could take some pride in, having fought back, even if the end result wasn’t the one the team would have wanted.