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Football: Hawks steamroll Tigers, 56-7

On paper, Friday night’s game in Chaska figured to be a competitive one, with ninth-ranked (Class 6A) Farmington coming to town to take on the fifth-ranked (Class 5A) Hawks in a matchup between two undefeated teams tied atop the Missota Conference.

On the field, however, there was no contest. The Hawks scored on a 77-yard run on their third play from scrimmage and never trailed in a 56-7 rout of the Tigers in their Homecoming game.

The Hawks entered the game averaging 44.5 points per game and easily topped that while piling up 561 total yards — 333 rushing and 238 passing.

The score was 35-0 by halftime, with the Tigers managing just three first downs. The home team added three more long touchdowns in the third quarter, the final one a 60-yard punt return score that made it 56-0.

The Tigers broke up the shutout with a 74-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Tyler VanWinkle capped off the drive with a four-yard toss to Mac Bassett.

VanWinkle completed 18 of 28 passes for 141 yards. Six of those completions went to Bassett for 65 yards and Jordan DeCroock caught six for 40. Just 40 of the team’s 181 total yards came on the ground.

Chaska quarterback Justin Arnold ran for over 100 yards and threw for four touchdowns. Running back Caleb Seiffert also broke the century mark on the ground.

Eli Rockett led the Farmington defense with 12 ½ tackles. Mason Auge added seven.

The Tigers (4-1) return to Tiger Stadium tomorrow night to take on 3-2 Chanhassen. The Storm have won three games in a row, including two straight by shutout over Northfield (27-0) and New Prague (55-0).