Irish fall to EV-W 8-42

The Central Minnesota Conference is not making it easy for the Irish football team to bring in a win.     The final score was 8-42 in a conference loss against Eden Valley-Watkins on September 27. Mistakes and injuries plagued the Irish, and according to coach Bryan Woodley, “We need to play mistake-free football to compete in the CMC.”      EV-W scored 6 points in the first quarter and 15 points in the second quarter, leaving the Irish down 21-0.

Injuries in the second half took out two Irish starters: senior running back Darin Decker and senior quarterback Ryan Finke. Finke was taken off the field on a stretcher, and as a precautionary measure, was taken to Paynesville Hospital where he was released later that night. Woodley said both players are okay and will be able to play in Friday’s Homecoming game.  EV-W scored their fourth touchdown in the third quarter, but the Irish came back to score on a 19 yard pass from sophomore Kevin Finke to sophomore Cody Decker. Call it a small measure of family revenge since Kevin is the brother of Ryan and Cody is a cousin of Darin.

With a good two-point conversion, the Irish were down 27-8. EV-W scored once more in the third quarter with a good two-point conversion and the final score in the fourth quarter to take the win.     Coach Woodley said, “Our players are still working very hard despite the 1-4 start. We are grateful for the support of the community.”

On Friday the Irish have this year’s Homecoming game against Rockford at 7 p.m. in Irish Country Stadium.