Week 1: Eagles rally past Irish, 25-20
There were a lot of "what if" scenarios for the Rosemount football team to look back on after Thursday night's season-opening game in Apple Valley.
What if the offense would have gotten going before the second half? What if they would have converted on third and one and retained possession with a one-point lead and 2:33 remaining, instead of committing the third of four second-half turnovers? What if the clock operator hadn't failed to start the clock late in the fourth and given the Eagles an extra 25 seconds to operate on their final drive? What if the defense hadn't committed two personal fouls in the final minute to help the Eagles drive 80 yards for the winning score?
The Irish will try not to dwell on those questions as they look to move on from a season-opening 25-20 loss, their first setback against the Eagles since the 2007 section playoffs. They face an even bigger challenge next Friday in defending state champion Eden Prairie.
The Irish took their only lead of the game with 6:47 remaining when quarterback Sean Kalinowski rolled out and found Tyler Hartigan for a seven-yard touchdown. Brandon Ekeren's extra point made it 20-19.
The offense got the ball back with a chance to run out the clock on a season-opening victory, but Kalinoswki's pass on third and one was intercepted by Apple Valley at the 20-yard line.
After three short passes and an incomplete pass, the Eagles completed a 14-yard strike over the middle on 4th and 10 to extend the drive to midfield. A roughing the passer penalty tacked on 15 more yards and a facemask penalty on the ensuing play brought the ball to the nine.
Apple Valley quarterback Tommy Singer threw two incomplete passes through the end zone before hooking up with wideout Dustin Fronk on an out route in the right corner of the end zone with 49.7 seconds left.
The Irish moved the ball to midfield before losing possession on a fumble, their fourth turnover of the second half. The team produced three scoring drives in the second half after putting up just 39 total yards in the first two quarters.
After the Eagles went up 13-6 on a touchdown pass four plays into the third quarter, the Irish responded with an eight-play, 65-yard drive that included a 40-yard bomb to Jordan Herbranson and a 19-yard toss to Dimitri Williams. A three-yard touchdown run by Ali Al-Khatib, his second of the game, made it 13-13.
The home team answered with a 13-play drive that included a conversion on 4th and 7 and a one-yard touchdown plunge on third and goal to make it 19-13.
The teams alternated turnovers on their next four possessions before the Irish took their only lead with 6:47 remaining.
Jeremy Macchitelli set up the team's first score with a long interception return and added his second interception of the game early in the fourth.
Rosemount: Punt, punt, punt, touchdown, punt, downs, half; fumble, touchdown, downs, fumble, touchdown, interception, fumble.
Apple Valley: Punt, touchdown, downs, interception, punt, punt, punt; touchdown, touchdown, interception, fumble, punt, touchdown, kneel down.