Irondale breaks through for win No. 1

After coming up short on its own homecoming night the week prior, the Irondale High School football team went out on the road last week and won someone else’s homecoming game. The Knights used a dominant second half to spoil St. Louis Park’s big night.

Irondale jumped out to a 13-point lead but trailed by a point at halftime. The Knights shut down the Orioles in the second half and rolled to a 32-14 victory.

The win was the first of the season for the Knights, who had come close on a couple of occasions earlier in the season but were unable to seal the deal. Against St. Louis Park, which was also winless, Irondale was able to win going away.

Things certainly looked good in the first quarter as Irondale scored twice about two minutes apart to jump up 13-0. Deandre Clarke opened the scoring on a one-yard touchdown run at 6:10 of the first and then it was Parker Freiberg with another one-yarder at 4:07.

St. Louis Park responded with a pair of second-half touchdowns to take a 14-13 lead into the locker room at half time. The Orioles’ first score came on a two-yard run and the second was a 23-yard touchdown pass.

The momentum shift in the second quarter did not carry over to the second half, however. Irondale scored 19 unanswered points after the halftime break.

The Knights went back in front to stay with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brendan White to Aden Price midway through the third quarter. White did it again later in the third when he hit Sean Sutherlin for a 28-yard touchdown.

Irondale added some insurance points early in the fourth on Freiberg’s three-yard touchdown run.

White had probably his best game of the season by completing nine of 19 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he had his first interception-less game of the season. White had thrown eight interceptions in the first five weeks of the season.

Irondale added 144 yards via the ground game. Freiberg led the charge with 69 yards on 18 carries. 

In the receiving department, Sutherlin set the pace for Irondale with four catches for 103 yards.

On defense, Irondale had a pair of interceptions and both were by Joshua Natere.

The victory was Irondale’s second in a row over St. Louis Park. The first was in the first round of the section playoffs last season when the Knights visited the Orioles and blitzed them 33-7.

Prior to last week, Irondale’s closest games this season were a four-point loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong in week five and a five-point loss to DeLaSalle in week two.

Next up for Irondale is a second consecutive road game but the opponent this week is much different. The Knights head to Robbinsdale Cooper on Friday and face the eighth-ranked Hawks, who are unbeaten.

Cooper, which is tied for first in the Suburban Red District with Spring Lake Park, has won its last three games by an average of 37 points. The Hawks close the regular season next week against Spring Lake Park, which might mean they’ll be overlooking Irondale.

Irondale will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since week eight and the first week of the playoffs back in 2013.


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


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