The Waconia football team has fallen to 0-3 after a 28-9 loss to Delano on Sept. 14. Much like their game against Annandale on Aug. 31, the Wildcats got off to a slow start, according to head coach Pat Foley.
“You just can’t do that against good football teams,” he said.
The slow starts offensively piles extra pressure onto the Waconia defense, something Foley wants to minimize. The Wildcats got behind early, while the Tigers scored once in the first quarter and twice in the second to lead 21-0 at halftime.
According to Foley, when a team is behind like the Wildcats were on Sept. 14, the offense is forced to try and move the ball farther in less time, which usually turns into a passing game, leaving room for interceptions and errors.
In the third quarter, senior kicker Ben Kullman made good on a 27-yard field goal attempt to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard, now down 21-3. The ‘Cats held off the Tigers in the third quarter, but Delano would score on the first play of the fourth to go ahead 28-3. Later in the quarter, senior Ryan Mattson had a 17-yard rush for a touchdown to bring the game to 28-9, which would be the final score.
Mattson led the Wildcat offense with 81 rushing yards and two pass receptions for 14 yards. Also gathering significant rushing yards were senior Jacob Fettig (60 yards) and sophomore Mason Hemze (24).
Senior quarterback Cody Clark completed 10 of 22 pass attempts for 100 yards. Clark also threw four interceptions. On the receiving end of five of Clark’s passes was senior Wylie Ferron, who totaled 64 yards. Fettig, senior Wyatt Held, and junior Tommy Gove each had a reception as well.
Tackle leaders included Mattson, Gove, and junior Nick Hukriede, who each had 10 tackles for the Wildcats, followed by junior Charles Frempong-Longdon (8), senior Mitch Green (7), and senior Cole Sawyer (6). Held grabbed the team’s only interception of the game.
Moving forward, Foley said the team is going to try to find themselves on offense, working on coming off the ball quickly and hanging onto the ball once in motion. Waconia will also work towards minimizing errors and unnecessary penalties.
Foley said the Wildcats’ dry spell has lasted long enough. Including the end of the 2011 season, the Wildcats have lost four consecutive games.
“It’d be nice to win [a game],” he said.
Waconia hasn’t won a game since their 45-42 section victory over Willmar last October. The last time the Wildcats lost four straight games was in 2004, when they finished the year 2-7.