By Matt Funderburk ‘21
After getting shut out 27-0 last week at home against Providence Academy in a lackluster performance, the Mound Westonka High School football team traveled to face the Minneapolis Southwest Lakers on Oct. 5.
The White Hawks were looking to get ahead early; however, that plan was quickly shattered when the Lakers scored a 68-yard rushing touchdown and then followed with an 84-yard rushing TD. Suddenly, the White Hawks were down 13-0, and it looked like the team’s loss the prior week was carrying over into this game.
The White Hawks finally came to life when junior running back Noah Lietzau scored a 5-yard touchdown, ending the the team’s five-quarter scoreless streak to make the score 13-7. The White Hawks defense came up with a game-changing play when senior safety Alex Farwell recorded a safety, and the visitors went into halftime only down 13-9.
After a scoreless third quarter, the White Hawks scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth when sophomore Tucker Anderely scored on a 1-yard run to finally lead 15-13 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt. The White Hawks defense stopped the Lakers on their final offensive drive and came out of Minneapolis with a 15-13 victory.
The White Hawks relied on their rushing offense throughout the game, as 138 of the team’s 143 total offensive yards came from rushing. “I thought the boys did a nice job preparing for Minneapolis Southwest last week, coming off their emotional loss to Providence Academy during Homecoming Week,” said White Hawks head coach Nick David. “I also thought they did a great job refocusing after going down 0-13.”
The White Hawks play St. Croix Lutheran at home on Friday, Oct. 12. The Crusaders have a 3-3 record, following a disappointing 1-3 start. St. Croix Lutheran is a storied program, qualifying for the state tournament in each of the past seven years.
“All three phases need to be better this week in order for us to be successful against St. Croix Lutheran,” said coach David. “We cannot afford to give up any big plays on defense; we need to capitalize on turnovers and score when we are in the red zone on offense; and we need to continue to improve on special teams, as we are finding that this is an area where we can flip the field and gain a field advantage.”