The Tigers suffered their first loss Friday at ChanhassenSix turnovers and a slew of costly penalties dropped fourth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington from the ranks of the unbeaten at chilly Chanhassen Friday night.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Six turnovers and a slew of costly penalties dropped fourth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington from the ranks of the unbeaten at chilly Chanhassen Friday night.
It also set up a three-horse race for the Missota Conference championship.
Chanhassen took advantage of the Tigers’ numerous mistakes to pull away, 28-3, for the first homecoming victory in the four-year history of the school. Both teams came away from the clash with 4-1 league records, which placed them in a tie with Holy Angels after the Stars were handed a 51-14 rout by visiting Chaska.
The Tigers host the Stars tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium before traveling to Shakopee for the regular season finale Wednesday.
Things got ugly early on Friday as quarterback Darren Beenken’s second pass of the game was intercepted by Chanhassen. The defense was able to force a punt on the ensuing possession, but running back Athen Ashton followed with a fumble to set up the Storm’s first touchdown.
The Storm had to drive just 25 yards for their second score after the Tigers failed to convert on fourth and short. It took a 22-yard field goal by Reid Taubenheim to cut the deficit to 14-3 heading into the break.
Chanhassen came out of halftime and drove 95 yards for another touchdown to make it 21-3. Another fumble, the team’s fourth of the game, preceded an eight-play, 66-yard touchdown drive that capped the scoring with 7:45 to go.
The Tigers finished with a season-low 193 yards and were held without a touchdown in a conference game for the first time in over two years. Ashton was limited to 74 yards on 15 carries, his lowest output of the season, and Beenken completed 14 of 24 passes for 113 yards. Mac Bassett led the receivers with five catches for 59 yards.
Alex Chadwick led the defense with eight tackles. Mason Auge had 7 1/2 and Nick Ruark tacked on five.
Missota title hunt
Chanhassen has the easiest path toward the Missota title as it closes with Shakopee (2-4)?and Red Wing (1-5) in the next six days. Holy Angels finishes the season with a home game against Northfield Wednesday.