Irish ground St. Anthony’s air attack, win first game of the season


Air vs. ground was the name of the game Friday night, with the Maple Lake Irish running game and defense overpowering the St. Anthony’s Village passing offense, as the Irish nabbed a 28-21 road win.
“We did better than I expected for a first showing, considering how young we are,” coach Tim Knudsen said. “We started three sophomores and two juniors on the offensive line.”
That line was able to pave the way for 273 rushing yards on 35 carries and another 50 receiving yards.
The Huskies showed early on that it would take good efforts on both sides of the ball to beat them, as they drew first blood with a 20-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to go up 6-0.
Dusty Strub rushed for a nine-yard touchdown to tie the game, but a missed extra point kick kept the Irish from taking the lead. 
Later in the first quarter, Ryan Kalinowski caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tony Goelz and Charlie Stejskal made the extra point to make the score 13-6.
An eight-yard touchdown and two-point conversion put the home team back on top in time for intermission.
After halftime, it took the Irish a while to get going offensively. In the meantime, the Huskies scored their third touchdown to put the score at 21-13.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Cal Redemske pounded in a 10-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion followed, with Goelz throwing successfully to Strub in the end zone.
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