The No. 6 seeded Waconia football team finished the 2013 campaign 1-8 after a loss to No. 3 Chanhassen in the first round of the Section 2AAAAA tournament.
Traveling to Chanhassen on Oct. 22, the Wildcats trailed 21-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Waconia offense began to click as the ‘Cats scored two touchdowns back to back. For the first, junior quarterback Shannon Storley completed a 30 yard pass to senior Nick Hukriede. Senior Hunter Baumann ran the ball two yards for the second touchdown. With two successful extra point attempts by senior Charlie Spurbeck, the Wildcats narrowed a 21-point gap down to just one touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the Storm scored once more to take a 28-14 lead and the game. WHS head coach Sam Baker said the Wildcats continued to fight throughout the game, even when down 21-0.
“The kids played extremely hard and they exceeded expectations,” he said. “We had several chances to take the lead and even win the game.”
But a lack of execution on offense, a difficulty that has plagued the team for most of the season, continued to be the factor for the Wildcats.
At quarterback, Storley completed 17 of 28 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception. Junior Nathan Glynn was on the receiving end of five of Storley’s passes for 64 yards. Baumann had four catches for 35 yards. Hukriede and Royce Marker each had two catches for 39 and 40 yards, respectively, including Hukriede’s touchdown. Tyler Myrvold and Hayden Meyer each had a catch as well.
Baumann led the Waconia rushers with 37 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. Glynn had eight carries for 10 yards, while Cody Ellis had one 31-yard rush and Marker rushed four yards.
Waconia finished the season 1-8, with only a victory over Holy Family in early October.
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