With a 21-0 shutout loss to Orono on Oct. 16, the Waconia football team wrapped up the 2013 regular season last week. Finishing 1-7 overall, with a 1-4 Wright County Conference – East record, the Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for the bottom of the conference with Mound-Westonka and Holy Family (both 1-4, WCC – East).
Hutchinson took home the WCC title with a 5-0 record, followed by Delano (4-1) and Orono (3-2).
In the loss on Oct. 16, the Wildcats held Orono to just one touchdown before halftime, for a 7-0 deficit. One touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters led to the 21-0 loss.
WHS head coach Sam Baker said the defense played especially well against the Spartans, but the Waconia offense failed to execute.
“Our kids played extremely hard,” Baker said. “Across the board, we had way too many penalties.”
Dropped passes and that lack of execution led to no points for the Wildcats. Going forward, Baker said the team will work on transitioning fundamentals from practice to game situations.
“We’ve just got to focus on the little things,” he said. “You can practice execution as much as you want in practice, but sometimes the kids just have to click it over from practice to game day.”
Seeded last in Section 2AAAAA, the No. 6 Wildcats played at No. 3 Chanhassen on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press. The victor advances to play No. 2 Mankato West on Oct. 26 in Mankato.
Chanhassen is a familiar team to Baker, who saw the Storm in action last season as an assistant coach at Chaska. Prior to the game, Baker said Chanhassen is a good match up for the Wildcats. Favoring a running game, Baker said the Storm boast some strong running backs that the WHS defense will have to stop. Chanhassen also has a strong defensive line, so Waconia will have to step up its physicality as well.
“I feel great about it,” Baker said.
The Storm finished the regular season 6-2, second in the Missota Conference behind Chaska (No. 1 seed, Section 2AAAAA). After losing their first two games of 2013, the Storm have been on a six-game win streak since early September.
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