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Football: Irish get in the win column

Most of the columns on the stat sheet favored Bloomington Kennedy Friday night, but the only one that mattered went Rosemount's way.

The Irish were outgained by over 100 yards, ran about half as many plays and had the ball nearly half as much, but a couple of big plays in the second half sparked them to a 21-14 South Suburban Conference victory over the Eagles at Irish Stadium.

Rosemount got the ball to start the second half in a 7-7 game and drove to the Kennedy 26-yard line before running back Ali Al-Khatib ran it in for the go-ahead touchdown. Later in the quarter, Dimitri Williams hauled in a short pass from quarterback Sean Kalinowski and sprinted down the right sideline for a 57-yard score to make it 21-7.

Kennedy found the end zone again with 1:47 remaining to get back within a touchdown. The Eagles lost their third straight despite gaining 22 first downs to Rosemount's 13, outgaining the Irish 397 yards to 295 and holding the ball for over 31 of 48 minutes.

The Irish scored a season-high 21 points while picking up their first victory. Kalinowski completed 7 of 10 passes, including a 20-yard touchdown to Jordan Herbranson with eight seconds left in the first quarter, for 128 yards. Herbranson caught four for 99 yards.

Al-Khatib ran the ball eight times for 65 yards and Williams carried nine times for 45 yards.

The Irish (1-2) play their third straight home game Friday night at Irish Stadium against Prior Lake. The Lakers are 2-1 and coming off a 34-26 road win over an Apple Valley team that edged Rosemount 25-20 in Week 1.