Irish struggle in season opener

The Irish fell 23-6 to a bigger, stronger Minnewaska team Thursday, despite a fourth quarter rally that saw the Irish onto the scoreboard. Above, No. 17, QB Ben Clapp moves the ball down the field. Clapp went 4-for-1 rushing and was 0-for-2 passing. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 43, Zach Cargill, charges down the field. He had the lone touchdown in the Irish loss to Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, in Minnewaska.

The Maple Lake Irish football team had a tough first game against a veteran Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, on the road.
The bigger, faster, stronger Minnewaska crew jumped to an 8-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The home team tacked on another touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter to gain a 16-0 upper-hand on the Irish going into halftime.
Maple Lake held the Lakers scoreless in the third then allowed another run in the fourth and finalquarter.
The Irish battled back with a touchdown run by Zach Cargill. The kick was unsuccessful, leaving the final score 23-6.
“We didn't move the ball very well offensively in the first half and kept our defense on the field too long,” coach Tim Knudsen said after the game.
“We had a nice 96-yard drive in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't punch it in from the six. We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.
The Irish will host Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

1 2 3 4 Final
Min. 8 8 0 7 23
ML 0 0 0 6 6

Fourth quarter
ML: Zach Cargill TD (kick failed)

Rushing: Zach Cargill 18 for 154 and 1 TD; Alex Toedter 14 for 52; Ben Goelz 6 for 11; Brock Goelz 1 for 15; Ben Clapp 4 for 1
Total: 48 for 233
Passing: Ben Clapp 0 for 2

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