Football: Chaska routs Red Wing in a hurry
In four plays, it was all over for Red Wing.
Facing an daunting task in sixth-ranked (5A) Chaska, the Hawks ran eight plays in the first quarter and scored on four of them as they routed the Wingers 67-13 in Missota Conference play Friday.
“They’re the best football team we’ve played since I’ve been here, in six years,” said Red Wing head coach Matt Schultz.
It was a ringing endorsement that unfortunately came at the Wingers’ expense as the Hawks flew out of the gate to take a 28-0 first-quarter lead. On Chaska’s second play from scrimmage, running back Kolby Seiffert broke through the middle of the line to rattle off a 50-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first.
Seiffert was hardly done for the night as he finished with 168 yards on 10 carries with touchdown runs of 50, 49 and 12 yards.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Hawks’ head coach Lambert Brown said of Seiffert. “I challenged him this offseason to run it hard between the tackles, and week after week, he’s done that. He’s a really good back; somebody at the next level is going to get a good player.”
After Chaska picked off a pass from Red Wing’s Isaac Toivonen, the Hawks got on the board at 9:04 on a 6-yard run by quarterback Justin Arnold. Then with time winding down in the first, Chaska broke off two more long-yardage scores with a 26-yard run from Matthew Witthus and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Arnold to Calvin Buesgens.
“We knew they were going to be a good team, and we didn’t expect it to come as fast as it did,” said Wingers’ defensive back Lucas Knowlton, who tied for the team lead with seven tackles. “They didn’t pass, which surprised us, but they didn’t have to.”
The Hawks added three more scores in the second quarter, with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Arnold to Witthus, followed by a 49-yard rushing score from Seiffert and a 50-yard punt return from Witthus. By halftime, Chaska held a 48-0 lead.
“I’m very lucky I get to coach the guys I get to coach,” Brown said. “They make me look good because they make a lot of good plays.”
The Wingers finally got on the board against Chaska’s junior varsity players in the second half. On Red Wing’s first drive of the half, running back Jakob Meyer bowled his way through the line for a 2-yard score. Then in the fourth, backup quarterback Tait Kelly broke loose on the outside for a 3-yard touchdown.
But the damage was done: Chaska (4-0, 3-0 Missota) scored on its first eight offensive drives and never gave the Wingers any semblance of hope in the contest.
The Hawks finished with 411 yards on the ground on 37 carries. Arnold had to go to the air just four times in the game, with both of his completions going for scores.
“Their size is unreal,” Knowlton said. “They came out, blocked us and opened all the seams they needed to. No. 1 (Seiffert) is a heck of an athlete. He parted the Red Sea and ran it down the field.”
Schultz added, “They’re big and they all lift a lot of weights. We struggled to tackle, we struggled to block and they were just a lot better than us.”
Toivonen was 9 of 18 passing for 92 yards and an interception, and Ben Miller was the Wingers’ top target with six catches for 61 yards. On the ground, Meyer had 10 carries for 61 yards, and Kelly followed with 16 rushes for 54 yards.
Red Wing (0-4, 0-3 Missota) is on the road next Friday against Academy of Holy Angels. The Stars (1-3, 1-2 Missota) lost 25-7 to Shakopee Friday.