Shakopee head coach Jody Stone will have to stand by his decision to go for two with 17 seconds left in the fourth. A successful conversion would’ve given the Sabers the lead and presumably the win over Chanhassen. However, the reality is that the conversion wasn’t good and now their season is finished, falling 27-26 Tuesday night.
“I’m disappointed for our kids. Wish it would’ve turned out differently…we still have a lot of work to do.”
Unfortunately for Coach Stone and the Sabers that work will come in the off-season as the Storm advance to the next round of the Section 6AAAAA playoffs.
Coach Bill Rosburg’s squad set the tone on their first possession. Their game will be on the ground and they will fight for every yard. The Storm drove 75 yards for a touchdown, converting a fourth and goal from inside the one yard line for the first score of the game. Quarterback Ryan McGuire and running back Maverick Edmunds shouldering the bulk of the load.
“It’s emotional especially for these seniors,” says Coach Rosburg, “It’s inspiring to our youth kids and all those things too, so it’s a big deal.”
The Storm lost the first four games of their season, but bounced back and has now won five in a row.
Trailing by 14 in the fourth quarter, Shakopee would get into the endzone twice in the final 3 minutes.
After the second score, the Sabers trailed by one with 17 seconds left on the fourth quarter clock. An extra point would’ve tied the game, Coach Stone elected to go for two to try to take the lead.
Quarterback Nick Larson was flushed out of the pocket after a heavy rush from the Chanhassen defense and was brought down back on the 20. Larson never had a chance to look for an open receiver.
Shakopee failed to recover the ensuing onside kick allowing Chanhassen to take a knee and run out the clock on the next play.
The loss is Shakopee’s first of the year, entering Tuesday night at 8-0, ranked 5th in Class 5a and the Missota Conference champions. Coach Stone had an idea the game would unfold the way it did.
“It’s been a process for the last 3 or 4 years. We’ve got to keep working harder and get past this. I had no delusions that this wasn’t going to be this kind of game.”
As for Chanhassen, they move on to face #2 Minnetonka Saturday in the Semi-finals of the Section playoffs. Coach Rosburg knows it’s going to another challenge.
“I haven’t watched much of them on film…In the section meeting Coach [Mike] Grant at Eden Prairie even said Minnetonka’s big, and if he says they’re big, they must be big.”