Facing off against a former state tournament team is never easy, but playing against the defending Class 4A state champions proved extra challenging for the Waconia football team last week.
Hosting Hutchinson on Sept. 20, the Wildcats fell 45-22. After a 39-0 halftime deficit, the ‘Cats rallied in the second half to post 22 points, answered by just six from the Tigers.
Junior quarterback Shannon Storley got things started for Waconia in the third quarter by tossing a four-yard touchdown pass to junior Nathan Glynn. As Hutchinson had been doing all first half, the Wildcats opted for a two-point conversion after the touchdown, and Storley completed another pass to Glynn. Hutchinson scored once more to end the third quarter and make it a 45-8 game.
In the fourth, Waconia dominated on offense, posting two touchdowns that went unanswered by the Tigers. First, junior Avery Talton found a hole in the Hutchinson defense and ran the ball 39 yards for a touchdown. He followed up with a successful run at a two-point conversion.
Glynn wrapped up the scoring for WHS with a two-yard gain for a final score of 45-22 in favor of Hutchinson.
This week marks homecoming and the Wildcats will host Mound-Westonka Friday night at 7 p.m. The Wildcat Walk will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Unhinged! Pizza parking lot.
With an 0-4 record this year that mirrors the Wildcats, the White Hawks are coming off a 40-6 loss to Delano last week. Mound-Westonka has also dropped games to New London-Spicer, Blue Earth, and Holy Family this year.
Waconia is 0-4 in 2013 after early season losses to Annandale, New London-Spicer, Delano, and now Hutchinson.
The two teams both held winless records in 2012 when they met for the White Hawks homecoming. In that game, Waconia came away with a 35-19 victory.
Next week, the Wildcats will play at Holy Family in a 7 p.m. game on Oct. 4.
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