Falling 38-19 to New Prague in the first round of Section 2AAAAA, the Waconia football team has closed the 2012 season with a 1-8 record.
According to head coach Pat Foley, the New Prague game on Oct. 23 was “very similar to what we’ve done in the past.”
The Wildcats quickly fell behind 10-0 after a Trojan touchdown and field goal. Waconia was able to hop on the scoreboard in the second quarter on a 45-yard pass from senior quarterback Cody Clark to senior Ryan Mattson for the touchdown. New Prague scored next, making it 17-7. Clark and Mattson connected later in the quarter, this time on a 59-yard pass for Mattson’s second touchdown of the game. Unfortunately, the Wildcats’ momentum was stolen a moment later on the kickoff, when the Trojans ran it back for a touchdown. Waconia trailed 20-13 at the half.
Foley said the Trojans controlled the ball for most of the second half, posting two more touchdowns. The Wildcats were able to close the gap a bit on a five-yard touchdown run by Clark, but time ran out before the rally could really begin. The Trojans won 38-19.
At quarterback, Clark was 24-34 pass attempts for 317 yards and two touchdowns.
“Which is phenomenal,” Foley said. He added that no quarterback in his 25 years with the Wildcats has tallied as many throwing yards as Clark did last week.
On the end of Clark’s passes were more statistics Foley hasn’t seen in his career. Mattson had 11 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
“Statistically, it was our best game of the season,” Foley said.
Beyond Mattson, top receivers for the Wildcats against New Prague included senior Jacob Fettig (31 yards), junior Nick Hukriede (27), senior Riley Trnka (22), and junior Hunter Baumann (20).
Fettig led the Waconia rushers with 75 yards on 18 carries. Other top rushers included Clark (31 yards), Trnka (30), Mattson (10), and sophomore Mason Hemze (3).
The defensive line spread tackles across the board, led by senior Mitch Green, who had nine tackles. Junior Charles Frempong-Longdon, senior Wyatt Held, and Trnka each had seven, while five tackles came from senior Cody Ellis, junior Matt Gorres, senior Kohlton Schmidt, junior Wheeler Sidwell, and senior Charles Ombati.
Of the 11 teams in the Wright County Conference, six have advanced to section final games. Only Hutchinson and Glencoe-Silver Lake will face WCC competitors, each other, in Section 2AAAA. Additionally, Holy Family, Delano, Annandale, and New London-Spicer will all play in section final games this weekend.
“If you can survive, keep your heads up, you can do well in playoffs,” Foley said.
Look for a full season wrap of the WHS football team in the coming weeks.