With tough winds and a few too many penalties, the Waconia football team fell 42-28 at Glencoe-Silver Lake on Oct. 11.
“We moved the ball well at the start, then just got negated by a couple penalties,” WHS head coach Sam Baker said. “Then we just got stuck on our own end with that wind.”
Baker said the Panthers, who are now 5-2 and lead the Wright County Conference – West, area a solid team that challenged Waconia.
“It’s the little things that hurt us. Defense we would have some nice plays and back them up, but they’d make a big play after that,” he said, adding that the same things happened on offense.
The Panthers took an early 21-0 lead after the first quarter before WHS junior quarterback Shannon Storley connected with senior Tyler Myrvold on a seven-yard pass for Myrvold’s first touchdown reception of the season and the Wildcats’ first touchdown of the game.
Glencoe-Silver Lake responded with two more touchdowns for a 35-7 halftime lead.
With the Panthers ahead 42-7 after three quarters, Glencoe-Silver Lake put in more backup players and the Wildcats were able to put up 21 points in the fourth quarter. Senior Hunter Baumann rushed two touchdowns for six and three yards, respectively. Sandwiched between Baumann’s runs was another WHS touchdown pass, this time from Storley to senior Kellen Routsinoja for 24 yards. That was Routsinoja’s first touchdown reception of 2013.
“Anytime you can score a touchdown, it’s a special feeling,” Baker said. “We’re trying to reteach the kids how to win and we’ll take the momentum any way we can get it.”
The Wildcats hosted their final game of the regular season on Oct. 16 against Orono. Section seedings are set to be announced Thursday morning with the first playoff games set for Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the higher seed.
Waconia competes in Section 2AAAAA with Chaska (7-0 record), Mankato West (6-1), Chanhassen (5-2), Northfield (2-5), and New Prague (1-6). The Wildcats are 1-6 this season.
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