Irish gridders victorious at Homecoming 2000

by Charley Norell

The Irish football team was host to the Randolph Rockets last Friday night in Maple Lake’s first Homecoming game of the new millennium. Despite frigid temperatures and a fierce wind, the faithful fans of the green came out and saw the hometown Irish defeat the visiting Rockets 21-6.

Junior Tyler Decker put the Irish on the board early in the game with a touchdown run of 32 yards. The hometown team went up 13-0 when senior Craig Fobbe found tight-end Chris Anonen in the end-zone and proceeded to hit him with a pass from 4 yards out for the score. Maple Lake’s defense did their part in holding Randolph to zero first-half points, making it a 13-0 contest at the half.

In the third quarter the Irish offense tried to air it out a bit, but the conditions made passing the ball difficult. Combined with an adjusted Randolph defense, the good guys were still held to 13 points through three quarters of play. The Rockets had minimal success as they found the end-zone midway through the third quarter on an 8-yard run from half-back John Nykoli. Randolph threatened to score in the fourth quarter, but the Mean Green defense prevailed, forcing a Rocket turnover. The Irish offense then returned to playing “snot-nosed” football, and let the offensive line decide the outcome of the game. The result was an 85-yard drive, capped off with an 18-yard touchdown run from junior half-back Jeremiah Schmid.

The final touchdown secured the 21-6 Homecoming victory, giving the cold, but faithful, Irish fans something to cheer about. The win gave the Irish a 4-1 record in the Tri-Valley Conference and an overall record of 5-1.