The Chaska Hawks fly by the Mankato Skarlets; qualify for first state tournament since 1974

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Chaska Hawks defeat the Mankato West Scarlets 27-6 and advance to 2013 MSHSL tournament. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Chaska Hawks defeat the Mankato West Scarlets 27-6 on November 1, 2013 to advance to the Minnesota State class AAAAA (5A) quarterfinals.

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The Hawks have not made it to the Minnesota State High School League tournament since the 1970’s – 1974 to be exact.  To put it in perspective if you are under the age of 40 you likely have never seen the Chaska Hawks in a state tournament game.

The Hawks are rated number one in the Class 5A standings and remain undefeated this year at 10-0.  The Scarlets were rated 2 in the conference coming into the game and end their playoff run on November 1 in the defeat to the Hawks.

Chaska dominated the first half turning over Scarlets on the opening kickoff.  The Hawks turned the Scarletts over (unofficially) three times in the first half and took a 20-0 lead into halftime.

Mankato West shut down the Chaska run game, a staple for the Hawk offense, like few teams have this year.  They could not, however, come up with a defense for the Hawks’ air game.  Quarterback Justin Arnold hit receiver Calvin Buesgens twice for touchdown passes, the first for 67 yards, the second for 73 yards.

Justin Arnold ended the game completing six of 11 passes for 173 yards and picking up another 60 yards on the ground for 233 total yards.  Kolby Seiffert led the ground game with 108 yards rushing on 22 attempts.

Chaska will meet the Andover at the Edina Community Center on November 9 to determine who will advance to the MSHSL Semifinals at the Metrodome later this month.

The story of the season is the amazing turnaround experienced by the Chaska Hawks.  The team was 1-8 just two years ago and playing like a collection of individuals rather than as a team.  This year could not have been more opposite as the team cheered as a group the successes and rallied around each other when that going got tough.

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