Any questions on how Chaska would replace nine starters on defense and nine on offense were quickly put to rest as the Hawks went right down the field, scoring on the opening drive of the 2020 season opener Oct. 9.
It was 16-0 after one quarter. 23-0 at halftime. 44-0 after three quarters.
Chaska, the defending Class 5A state champions, started the year with a blowout win, a 44-7 score.
Dewandis Youmans and Jack Boyle each scored twice for Chaska, which racked up more than 200 yards rushing with quarterbacks Matthew Paul and Brayden Sanders combining for 7-for-11 passing for 133 yards.
Even without starting offensive linemen Hunter Brackee and Cole Rosengren, sidelined with knee injuries, Chaska moved the ball well throughout the first three quarters.
An opening drive score from Youmans, set-up by a long throw from Paul to Ethan Bachmann, on the sideline, gave Chaska a 7-0 lead.
Following a safety on back-to-back high snaps over the quarterback’s head, a Nic Snuggerud 42-yard run led to a Jack Boyle 5-yard score at 16-0.
Chaska added to the lead at 23-0, Bachmann tiptoeing down the sideline for a long run after the catch, eventually stepping out at the 3-yard line. Spencer Goetz, running out of the Wildcat formation as quarterback, scored before halftime.
Third-quarter touchdowns from Karver Miller, Boyle and Youmans extended the advantage to 44 points. Bachmann led all players with 106 yards on four catches.
Goetz, making the switch to defense at linebacker, finished with three sacks, while Gavin Erickson, Nathan Schwarz and Evan Cummings each had a sack.
Cornerback Zach Schaffer added his first career interception late in the first half.
The Chaska-Chanhassen varsity football game has been moved from Oct. 16 to Oct. 30 due to a COVID-19-related quarantine impacting the Chanhassen program, according to an Eastern Carver County Schools Monday announcement.
Chanhassen won its sixth consecutive Metro West Conference boys cross country championship, outpointing Bloomington Jefferson 34-39 on Oct. 8 at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.
The Storm got a 1-2 finish from senior Ben Scheller, and former Chaska runner, freshman Andrew Allredge.
Chaska, as seeded, was third in the boys team standings with a score of 70. Senior Ethan Leonard and freshman Nolan Sutter were third and fifth, all-conference times of 17:22.4 and 17:35.9.
It was the third consecutive all-conference finish for Leonard.
Manjunath Swayampu dropped 32 seconds from the jamboree race Sept. 30, improving eight positions for 16th place and an honorable mention finish. Dylan Austad was also 20th in 18:21.5.
Other top times came from Erick Chapman (18:43.2) and Noah Leonard (18:49.9).
In the girls championship race, with five runners in the top 10, St. Louis Park outpointed Chanhassen 30-46 for the Metro West Conference title.
The Storm had four all-conference runners led by champion Isabella Roemer in a time of 18 minutes, 50.3 seconds.
Bloomington Jefferson was third with a team score of 54 with Chaska in fourth at 122. Ella Long ran an all-conference time of 21:16.7 for the Hawks in 12th place.
Adonai Yidnekachew (22:25) and Katelyn Farm (22:30), both eighth graders, followed in 23rd and 26th places with Noella Ross (23:04.3) and Kayleen Cho (23:18.7) up next for Chaska.
The final race of the season, the Section 2AA Meet, was run on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in a third consecutive event at Gale Woods Farm. Results from the section meet will be available in the Oct. 22 Chaska Herald.