Irondale searching for first victory during homecoming week

There hasn’t been a lot to celebrate for the Irondale High School football team this season but homecoming week has arrived. Among the festivities on tap is the football game on Friday against Robbinsdale Armstrong.

Irondale begins the second half of the regular season still searching for its first victory of the season. The visiting Falcons are only 2-2 but both losses came at the hands of top-15 opponents.

Armstrong lost its opener to Chanhassen, which was ranked sixth in the state in Class AAAAA last week, and lost in week three to Robbinsdale Cooper, which was ranked 13th.

The Falcons enter this week’s game against Irondale fresh off a 21-7 win over Park Center. They also own a win over winless St. Louis Park.

Irondale’s latest loss came at the hands of third-ranked Spring Lake Park (4-0) last week. The Panthers are likely to move into the top two after top-ranked St. Michael-Albertville fell to Elk River in week four.

The Knights stayed within striking distance of Spring Lake Park in the first half but the Panthers pulled away to a 35-14 win with a dominant second half. 

Following a scoreless first quarter, Spring Lake Park jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run and an eight-yard touchdown pass.

Irondale answered with its only score of the first half when Brendan White found Aden Price for an eight-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half.

Any momentum that Irondale’s late score might have generated quickly evaporated when Spring Lake Park scored just 26 seconds into the third quarter. The 13-yard touchdown run restored the Panthers’ two-score lead and was the beginning of the end for the Knights. 

Spring Lake Park made it 28-7 with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown less than two minutes later. The Panthers closed out their scoring a minute and a half into the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run.

Irondale got another White-to-Price touchdown later in the fourth quarter. This one covered 55 yards and closed out the scoring.

Spring Lake Park, as its tradition, was strong in the ground game. The Panthers rolled up 324 rushing yards compared to only 35 yards passing.

With the victory, Spring Lake Park retains the Block trophy, which the Panthers and Knights have competed for since 2011. Irondale’s lone victory in the Block era came in 2013, the last year that the Knights finished with a winning record.

After Armstrong, Irondale hits the road for games at St. Louis Park and Robbinsdale Cooper before returning home for the regular-season finale against Park Center.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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