Despite a 27-7 loss Friday night, dropping the Waconia football team to 0-3 this season, WHS head coach Sam Baker said the Wildcats are making steps in the right direction.
“We took a huge step forward this week with how hard our kids played,” he said of Sept. 13’s loss at Delano.
While the Tigers may have been the physically dominant team, Baker said the Wildcats outworked them and even received compliments from the Delano coach after the game.
According to Baker, the Wildcats are far from putting everything together on the field.
“We did a great job of translating our energy from practice to game day,” he said. “We have the energy, now we just need to execute.”
On Sept. 13, Delano took an early 7-0 lead before the Wildcats tied it at 7-7 in the second quarter. Baker said the ‘Cats touchdown was a “phenomenal thing to witness” as Waconia ran the same play four times, marching up the field, until junior Nathan Glynn carried the ball into the end zone.
Delano wrapped up the first half with two more touchdowns for a 20-7 lead. With another TD in the fourth, Delano took the game 27-7.
Junior quarterback Shannon Storley was 9-10 in passing for 95 yards, while Owen Hemze stood out on the Waconia defense for his 14 tackles and a fumble recovery.
This week, the ‘Cats play host to Hutchinson, a traditionally strong program that Baker hopes will challenge Waconia to take another step forward.
“We don’t have the crazy depth, but we have the best kids so we’re going to outwork every opponent,” he said.
Also during the Hutchinson game, the Wildcats will have an inflatable tunnel, donated by the Waconia Lions, as well as local cancer survivor Tate Mauer as the Honorary Captain.
The Wildcat Walk begins at 5:45 p.m. (note the new time) at Unhinged! Pizza and the team is hoping for a purple-out of the stadium, with all Wildcats fans sporting purple gear.
This week and next, members of the WHS football team will be reading and visiting with students at Bayview and Southview Elementary schools, as well as Clearwater Middle School.
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