Wildcats fall to NL-S 21-14

In the first road game of the season, the Waconia football team traveled to conference newcomer New London-Spicer.

After defeating Mound-Westonka 41-7 the previous week, New London-Spicer won at home, taking down Waconia 21-14 on Sept. 7.

Three plays into the game, New London-Spicer scored their first touchdown. Waconia responded later in the quarter with a touchdown of its own, a 36-yard pass from quarterback Cody Clark to junior Tommy Gove.

Tied 7-7 at halftime, Waconia started the second half with possession of the ball. Driving down to New London-Spicer’s 20-yard line, the Wildcats fumbled on the second play.

“That’s what really killed us,” Waconia head coach Pat Foley said.

New London-Spicer responded with a touchdown, one that Waconia would spend the rest of the third quarter trying to battle, according to Foley. The Wildcats were able to get in position near the end of the third, only to have an interception picked off by New London-Spicer. New London-Spicer then scored their final touchdown of the game, up 21-7. Waconia scored at the end of the fourth, on an 8-yard pass from Clark to senior Wyatt Held.

Clark was 15-29 in pass attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end of Clark’s passes were Gove (50 yards, one touchdown), senior Ryan Mattson (49 yards), Held (40 yards, one touchdown), senior Wylie Ferron (19 yards), senior Jacob Fettig (10), and senior Riley Trnka (8). Rushing leaders included Fettig (129 yards) and Trnka (56).

Trnka went down with an ankle injury in the first half and was unable to play the second. It is unsure of whether he will play this week.

Tackle leaders included senior Mitch Green (12), Gove (10), junior Charles Frempong-Longdon (8), and junior Cole Sawyer (7).

Foley said Waconia had too many small, nuisance penalties that hurt the team, as well as some solid sacks from New London-Spicer.

Tomorrow night, Sept. 14, the Wildcats will host the No. 9 (4A) Delano Tigers. The Tigers are 1-1 this season, after winning a close 28-27 season opener to Dassel-Cokato on Aug. 31, then falling to Annandale 20-19 last week.

Senior Ryan Mattson is chased down by Annandale's Brett Fobbe in the Aug. 31 game at Waconia.
Senior Ryan Mattson is chased down by Annandale’s Brett Fobbe in the Aug. 31 game at Waconia.

Waconia is 0-2 this season.