When a football team is still searching for their first win of the season, it is stressful to play a top team. Throw in the fact that it was No. 4 (4A) Hutchinson’s homecoming game on Sept. 21, and it didn’t look bright for the Waconia football team, who fell to the Tigers 61-7.
“We may have played the best AAAA football team in the state and we played them on their homecoming,” Waconia head coach Pat Foley said.
The Wildcats dropped quickly to a 14-0 deficit, but were able to mount a nice drive down to the eight-yard line in the first quarter.
“As has been the case too often this year, we received a penalty and were forced to try a long field goal,” Foley said.
The field goal was blocked and the Wildcats were kept off the scoreboard in the second quarter as well. Just before halftime, the Wildcats had a long drive that moved the ball down within the Hutchinson 10-yard line. With less than 30 seconds to go, the Wildcats were sacked on a fourth down pass, which the Tigers ran back for an 85-yard touchdown. Hutchinson led 33-0 at halftime.
The final killer for the Wildcats came just as the second half began. The Tigers ran the opening kickoff back 93-yards to score, now leading 40-0. Sophomore Mason Hemze gave the Wildcats a lifeline in the third quarter, scoring on a one-yard run to prevent the shutout. Before the game was finished, the Tigers would post another couple touchdowns to make it a 61-7 blowout.
Senior quarterback Cody Clark completed 11 of 24 passes for 152 yards against Hutchinson. Senior Shannon Storley attempted one pass that was incomplete. On the receiving end of Clark’s passes were seniors Ryan Mattson (four receptions, 40 yards) and Jacob Fettig (two receptions, 57 yards), along with junior Tommy Gove (four receptions, 45 yards), and junior Hunter Baumann (10 yards). Waconia’s rushing leaders including Fettig (75 yards), Hemze (50 yards, one touchdown), and Mattson (14 yards). The Wildcats had 275 total yards of offense (152 passing, 123 receiving).
Tackle leaders included Gove (6) and junior Charles Frempong-Longdon (5).
The Wildcats are now 0-4 this season and will play at Mound-Westonka this Friday, Sept. 28. The White Hawks are also 0-4.