BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Delano played keep away during the 27-7 football victory over Waconia Friday for Homecoming.
“We ran a lot of plays,” observed coach Merrill Pavlovich about the 63 snaps on the night that produced 391 total yards of offense. One negative stat was the six or seven holding penalties. Since many were overcome, it actually added to the time-consuming drives.
The Tigers continued to be anchored behind the running of senior Jack Nelson, who has gained about 500 yards in three games. He rushed 23 times for 142 yards against Waconia.
However, Delano kept the defense off balance by sharing the ball with others. Aaron Wagner carried 15 times for 80 yards and Brett Norling gained 69 yards on six rushes.
Plus, an efficient passing attack was led by quarterback Toby Hanson that accounted for 83 yards. The senior, who sat out most of the previous game with a hip injury, completed 7 of 11 passes.
Adam Kraft had four catches for 47 yards, one resulting in a 21-yard score. Damon Longstreet gained 22 yards on his two receptions and Norling caught one pass for 14 yards.
Delano’s defense often put a stop to the Waconia attack, putting the ball back into the hands of its offense. Pavlovich pointed to the play of senior linebacker Sawyer Thomas, who had eight tackles, four solo. Four of senior Christian Triplett’s six tackles were also solo.
Wagner and Nate Meyer both added six tackles. Sophomore defensive end Carl Schaefbauer forced a fumble and then recovered it. Pavlovich also pointed to the offensive line play by senior Ben Jacobs and sophomore center Walker Russek.
Delano has the next three games on the road, playing at Mound-Westonka Sept. 20, at Orono Sept. 27 and at defending state champion Hutchinson Oct. 4.
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