NL-S tops Waconia football 47-7

Senior Joe Francen (68) and junior Lucas Zimmer (33) take down New London-Spicer’s Adam Essler on Sept. 6.
Senior Joe Francen (68) and junior Lucas Zimmer (33) take down New London-Spicer’s Adam Essler on Sept. 6.

The Waconia football team dropped to 0-2 on the season last week after a Wildcats versus Wildcats match up against New London-Spicer.

In their first home game of the season, the Waconia Wildcats fell 47-7 to NL-S on Sept. 6. NL-S jumped out to an early 21-0 first quarter lead before WHS was able to get on the board in the second. Senior Nathan Glynn broke several tackles during his 25-yard rush in for the lone Wildcat touchdown. NL-S led 27-7 at halftime.

New London-Spicer would go on for 20 unanswered points in the third quarter for the eventual 47-7 win.

Waconia head coach Sam Baker said the biggest issue for WHS was not translating work done in practice into a game scenario. A slow start to the game, with those 21 NL-S points, also hindered the Wildcats.

“Against a good team like that, we can’t wait to get things started,” Baker said.

He said the play that changed the game was when an NL-S receiver ripped the ball right from the hands of junior Lucas Zimmer, taking the wind from the Wildcats’ sails.

“We need to learn how to not let one play affect us and rebound quicker,” Baker said.

Regardless of the score, Baker said the Wildcats played hard and challenged NL-S to earn each touchdown.

“Our kids fought all the way to the end and that’s what we’re trying to preach, that we’re relentless competition,” Baker said.

This week, the Wildcats are at Delano for a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 13. Baker said the ‘Cats hope to come out with more intensity from the start against a very strong and physical Tiger team. He added that the team is trying to get back to basics by having more fun in practice.

“We need our kids to have more fun,” he said. “We need to get back to enjoying the game of football, because like I said, it’s the best game on earth.”

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