‘Cats fall to Cards

Waconia head coach Pat Foley knew the Wildcats’ season opener against Annandale was going to be

Senior Wyatt Held (1) grabs the interception from the Annandale receiver during the Wildcats’ game on Aug. 31.

Senior Wyatt Held (1) grabs the interception from the Annandale receiver during the Wildcats’ game on Aug. 31.

 tough. And that it was, with the Wildcats eventually falling 30-23 to the Cardinals on Aug. 31.

 
Nearly tied at 14-13 in favor of Annandale at the half, the Wildcats couldn’t put enough together for a win, but kept in the game all the same.
 
The Wildcats had 341 total offensive yards (187 passing, 154 rushing), compared to the Cardinals 321 yards (221/100). Waconia quarterback senior Cody Clark completed 12 of 25 pass attempts for 187 yards and one touchdown. Clark also threw one interception. 
 
Reception leaders for the Wildcats included senior Ryan Mattson had seven catches for 130 yards. Seniors Jacob Fettig (38 yards), Wylie Ferron (20 yards, one touchdown), and Riley Trnka (9 yards) tallied the 187 passing yards for Waconia.
 
Trnka also topped the rushing leaders board with 135 yards and two touchdowns. Clark (10), sophomore Nathan Glynn (8) and Fettig (1) also rushed for the ‘Cats. 
 
Senior kicker Ben Kullman was 1-1 on field goals and 2-3 with extra point attempts. 
 
The Waconia defense was led by senior Charles Frempong-Longdon, who had nine tackles, followed by senior Cole Sawyer (8), junior Tommy Gove (7), and senior Mitch Green (6). Senior Wyatt Held snagged an interception for the Wildcats. 
 
Waconia will face Wright County newcomer New London-Spicer this Friday, Sept. 7 in New London. The game begins at 7 p.m. 
 
The Wildcats of New London-Spicer are 1-0 this season after a big 41-7 victory over Mound-Westonka last week. 
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