Homecoming loss has Knights still searching

Finding a spot in the home bleachers at Wendt Stadium for the Irondale High School homecoming football game last week was not easy. The Knights, facing Robbinsdale Armstrong, played their closest game of the season but could not come up with that elusive first “W.”

Irondale led the Falcons 7-0 and 14-10 but couldn’t hold on to those leads. Armstrong scored the winning touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter to pull out the 18-14 victory.

The loss kept Irondale winless on the season, the same fate as its week-six opponent.

St. Louis Park welcomes Irondale on Friday. The Orioles are also 0-5 after falling 38-22 to Benilde-St. Margaret’s last week. 

St. Louis Park has lost its five games by an average of 22 points per game while Irondale’s average margin of defeat is 17 points.

The Knights last week came as close as they have all season to nailing down win No. 1. Irondale opened the scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brendan White to Sean Sutherlin late in the first quarter. Armstrong responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and the score was tied 7-7 at halftime.

The Falcons took a three-point lead on a field goal in the third quarter before Irondale went back in front on Parker Freiberg’s one-yard touchdown run later in the third.

That lead stood until the final minute of the fourth quarter, when Armstrong drove down inside the Knights’ five-yard line and punched it in on a two-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left in the game.

Irondale racked up 309 yards of offense with 175 coming via the run game. Deandre Clarke led the Knights with 89 yards on 15 carries.

White amassed 134 yards on 14-of-28 passing. Sutherin caught two of those throws for 46 yards and Jacob Zweig made six catches for 45 yards.

Armstrong finished with 328 yards of offense with 199 coming on the ground.

Following the St. Louis Park game, Irondale pays a visit to unbeaten Robbinsdale Cooper in week seven and wraps up the regular season at home 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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