Chanhassen quarterback Riley Funk (2) throws a quick pass during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Chaska. The senior had three TD passes in the Storm’s 25-20 victory over the Hawks. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
With dynamic junior Charlie Coenen leading the Chanhassen backfield, Storm coach Cullen Nelson said he expected rival Chaska to focus on stopping the Storm’s rushing attack in their game Friday at Chanhassen High School.
The Storm’s quarterback, senior Riley Funk, made the most of the opportunity, throwing three touchdowns in a 25-20 victory.
Funk completed his first seven passing attempts and threw two of his three touchdown passes to sophomore Josh Och. Coenen, filling in at running back because of injuries, added a rushing score as Chanhassen (3-0) built a 25-7 lead in the third quarter and survived a fourth-quarter comeback by Chaska (2-2).
“We expect Riley to make those plays, if the line gives him time, and they did tonight,” Nelson said. “He lived up to our expectations tonight.”
Chanhassen jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown passes from Funk to Josh Kirchoff and Ochs. The Hawks countered with a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Paul to Ethan Bachmann before the Storm’s third touchdown, a 5-yard rush by Coenen late in the second quarter. That score capped a 13-play drive that took over eight minutes and gave the Storm an 18-7 lead at halftime.
Funk threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Och in the third quarter to extend the Storm lead to 25-7.
Chaska cut the lead to 11 when Paul and wide receiver Nic Snuggerud connected for a 77-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.
The Hawks trimmed the lead to 25-20 with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Jack Boyle with 7:21 to go in the fourth quarter. Chaska then drove 40 yards to the Chanhassen 38-yard line on its final drive, but a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired.
“It’s all we can ask for is a chance to win a ballgame,” Chaska coach Bryan Dahl said. “We had that tonight. We just didn’t finish.”
The game between the schools, which are less than three miles apart, was originally scheduled to be played Oct. 16 but a COVID-19 quarantine affecting Chanhassen forced it to be postponed.
The victory was Chanhassen’s first over the Hawks since 2016.
Chanhassen’s Josh Och (9) fights through the coverage of Chaska’s Nolan Kemp (1) for a 34-yard TD reception during the third quarter of Friday night’s game. The Storm defeated the Hawks 25-20. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Chanhassen's Riley Funk threw three touchdown passes and the Storm withstood a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat school district rival Chaska 25-20 in a game rescheduled because of COVID-19 issues.
Chanhassen (3-0) took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter Friday on touchdown passes from Funk to Josh Kirchoff and Mitch Cummins. The Storm's third touchdown came at the end of a 13-play drive that took over eight minutes, capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Charlie Coenen late in the second quarter.
Funk threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Josh Och in the third quarter to extend the Storm lead to 25-7.
Chaska’s Nic Snuggerud (6) tries to break a tackle after catching a pass out of the backfield against Chanhassen Friday night. The Hawks fell to the Storm 25-20. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine