Fourth quarter rally not enough for WHS

After finding themselves down 36-6 after three quarters on Oct. 12, the Waconia football team rallied to post 16 points in the fourth. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough of a comeback to take down Wright County West leader Glencoe-Silver Lake.

“G-SL is an outstanding football team,” head coach Pat Foley said.

Seniors Jacob Fettig (32), Riley Trnka (28), and Ryan Mattson (26) head left while senior quarterback Cody Clark (5) heads to the right after a handoff from Clark to Mattson on Oct. 12.

Seniors Jacob Fettig (32), Riley Trnka (28), and Ryan Mattson (26) head left while senior quarterback Cody Clark (5) heads to the right after a handoff from Clark to Mattson on Oct. 12.

In the 36-22 loss, Glencoe-Silver Lake was up 13-0 before the Wildcats scored in the second quarter. At the end of a solid march down the field, senior Riley Trnka carried the ball one yard into the end zone. The Panthers answered with another touchdown and led 20-6 at halftime. The Panthers recovered a fumbled Waconia punt for another G-SL touchdown in the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Wildcats pushed the Panthers into the Waconia end zone for a safety, before sophomore Mason Hemze ran the ball 26 yards for the Wildcats’ second TD of the game. To end the Waconia offensive run, senior quarterback Shannon Storely completed a 10-yard pass to sophomore Royce Marker to close the gap to 36-22. The Wildcats ran out of time to catch up and the game went to the Panthers.

Senior Cody Clark started at quarterback for the Wildcats and completed six of 12 passes for 58 yards. Storely completed two of two passes for 61 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter. Receivers were spread across the board, led by senior Ryan Mattson, who had three receptions for 28 yards. Junior Hunter Baumann had one reception for 51 yards, followed by senior Wylie Ferron (12 yards), Marker (10 yards, one touchdown), junior Tyler Myrvold (9 yards), and junior Kellen Ruotsinoja.

Senior Jacob Fettig led the rushing game for Waconia with 102 yards. Other rushers included Hemze (60 yards), Trnka (21), Mattson (20), and Clark (11). Scoring for Waconia was Marker (8 points), Trnka (6), Hemze (6), and junior Nick Hukriede (2).

On defense, senior Wyatt Held snagged an interception, while Hukriede and Trnka each recovered a fumble.

For Waconia, this season has been one of struggles and injuries, which continued during the Oct. 12 match up. Ferron has now joined junior Tommy Gove and senior Cole Sawyer on the injured list, after suffering a lacerated spleen last Friday.

With sections beginning next week, Foley will have to quickly decide who can fill the holes of Ferron, Gove, and Sawyer.

“We’re going to have to put people in there and hope they adjust,” Foley said.

The Wildcats are currently 1-6 this season and topped off the regular schedule at Orono on Oct. 17. Sections will be released later this week.

Waconia competes in Section 2AAAAA with Chanhassen, Chaska, Mankato West, New Prague, and Northfield. The section right now “is a mess,” according to Foley.

“It’s more than the usual mess,” he said.

Mankato West has thrown a wrench into the section decisions. The Scarlets are just 1-6 this season after being forced to forfeit their first four games.

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