Home sweet home: Irish rebound from Rockford loss


After taking a tough loss on the road in Rockford, the Maple Lake Irish bounced back in their Homecoming game against Kimball, winning 43-26 Friday.
Maple Lake wasted little time. Cal Redemske racked up many of his 127 yards on the first drive and scored on a three-yard run. Charlie Stejskal’s point after touchdown kick was good, to give the home team an early 7-0 score.
The Kimball Cubs responded with just under 8 minutes remaining in the first half, but missed the extra point and had to settle for closing within one point.
Damian Kaley decided the defense should get involved with the scoring and returned an interception for a touchdown to put his squad up 14-6.
With a wind at his back, Stejskal made the Irish lead 17-6 with a 33-yard field goal before halftime.
In the second half, Landon Caughey started the scoring with a long run to put the Irish up 23-6.
After being set up by a 48-yard run by Nic Paumen, Redemske scored his second touchdown for a 29-12 advantage.
“Nic has been a go-getter from Day 1,” coach Tim Knudsen said. “He and Cal are balancing each other out a bit, so it’s good to have both of them back there.”
After Redemske’s score, things got interesting. Facing a 29-12 defecit, the Cubs weren’t ready to quit. They utilized two short fields to pull within 29-26.
“We had a personal foul on a kickoff because you can’t touch anywhere on the head,” Knudsen said of a new rule. “On the other one, with the wind, we wanted to squib kick it. The kickoff team didn’t do a very good job on coverage.”
However, Knudsen was pleased with how his offense responded.
Tony Goelz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Johnson. Later, Redemske scored his third touchdown to seal the deal.
The Irish running game  racked up 232 yards, with Paumen accounting for 64 yards on five carries and Caughey adding 41 yards and his touchdown on 10 carries to complement Redemske’s efforts.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.