Chaska Hawks soar through Chanhassen Storm

There are only 2.6 miles separating Chanhassen High School from Chaska High School.  Until the 2009-2010 school year, the Chanhassen high school did not exist.  Heading into the game, the Chanhassen Storm and Chaska Hawks had faced each other five times with Chanhassen winning three of the meetings.

The crowd had never been bigger; the atmosphere at Storm Stadium was electric as Storm and Hawks fans packed every inch of viewing real estate like sardines as they tried to get a glimpse of the action on the field.  See the interactive photo below to find yourself in the crowd.

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Who has more fans? Chanhassen or Chaska?  See below.

The Hawks struck first with 9:41 left in the first quarter as Kolby Seiffert took a handoff, hit a hole and broke loose to sprint to a 58 yard touchdown run.  With the extra point from Louis Hartzog the Hawks went up 7-0.  Seiffert would pick up another 52 yard touchdown run with 0:29 left in the quarter to put the Hawks up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Chanhassen Storm snuck past the Hawks defenders as Nathan Johnson runs 3 yards for a touchdown, bringing the Storm to within seven at 14-7.  Two minutes later the Hawks strike back through the air as Justin Arnold hit Garett Glieden on a 33 yard touchdown pass with 5:06 left in the game, the score was 21-7.  The Hawks struck again with one second left as Seiffert took a hand off and passed the ball to Calvin Buesgens to score just before halftime.  The score at halftime was 28-7.

The Storm scored twice in the second half and the Hawks added seven points to their total for a final score of 35-21.  With the win the Hawks tie the District 112 Border Battle at three wins each and snatch the jug from the throws of the Storm until the teams meet again next year.

According to one media outlet the crowd is estimated at 5,000 and is likely the biggest crowd ever at the school, which is in its fifth year of existence.  The Chaska Hawks shocked the high school football world upsetting the heavy favorite Hopkins Royals in their first game of the 2013 season in a 41-39 shootout.

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