Knights look to avenge homecoming defeat

St. Louis Park had yet to win a game when it paid a visit to Irondale High School in week five of the football regular season. The Knights had won just once and this game appeared to be the Knights' best shot at win No. 2.

The game didn't exactly go as Irondale had planned, however, and the Orioles pulled off a 26-22 victory on homecoming night for the Knights. Irondale head coach Ben Fuller said after the game that the loss could be costly when it came time to seed for the section playoffs.

He was correct.

In six-team Section 5AAAAA, St. Louis Park's win over Irondale was enough of a reason to vote the Orioles ahead of the Knights. St. Louis Park wound up the No. 4 seed and Irondale was fifth, meaning that the Knights play at the Orioles in the first round on Wednesday.

Had week five gone in the Knights' favor, they would be hosting Wednesday's game.

Regardless of venue, Irondale has a chance at redemption and its first post-season victory in two years. The Knights' most recent playoff victory was a 54-32 triumph over North St. Paul in 2013. They went on to lose 42-3 to Andover in the second round that year and last year fell 25-14 to Mahtomedi in the first round.

Irondale is also looking to snap a seven-game losing streak that started in week two with a 15-12 loss to DeLaSalle in another game that the Knights had a good shot at winning.

The Knights' lone victory thus far was a 21-19 win over Waconia in week one.

Irondale closed out the regular season last week with a 21-7 defeat at the hands of Park Center, which is the No. 3 seed in Section 5AAAAA.

Offense was tough to come by for the Knights, who amassed only 159 total yards. Tony Sylvester came up with Irondale's lone touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter. The score tied the game at 7-7 but Park Center answered with a pair of touchdown passes. A 40-yard strike came in the second quarter and the Pirates added a 44-yarder in the third quarter.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic for Irondale was Sylvester's game-high 17 tackles.

The Irondale/St. Louis Park winner from Wednesday's game advances to the section semifinals on Oct. 20. Awaiting said victor is top-seeded Spring Lake Park, which is ranked second in Class AAAAA, behind only Mankato West.

The section championship game is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Suburban Red sub-district standings
  Sub. Overall
Spring Lake Park 7-0 8-0
Park Center 5-2 6-2
Robbinsdale Armstrong 5-2 6-2
Robbinsdale Cooper 5-2 6-2
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3-4 3-5
DeLaSalle 2-5 2-6
St. Louis Park 1-6 1-7
Irondale 0-7 1-7

Suburban Red week eight results
Park Center 21, Irondale 7
DeLaSalle 43, St. Louis Park 22
Robbinsdale Armstrong 28, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 7
Spring Lake Park 49, Robbinsdale Cooper 28

2015 Irondale High School football results/schedule
Aug. 22    Irondale 21, Waconia 19
Aug. 28    DeLaSalle 15, Irondale 12
Sept. 3    Benilde-St. Margaretís 26, Irondale 14
Sept. 11    Spring Lake Park 35, Irondale 0
Sept. 18    Robbinsdale Armstrong 48, Irondale 6
Sept. 25    St. Louis Park 26, Irondale 22
Oct. 2    Robbinsdale Cooper 46, Irondale 20
Oct. 9    Park Center 21, Irondale 7

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