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Football: Irish fall on homecoming

Running back Trent Woodcock looks for a gap in the Prior Lake defense during Friday night's Homecoming game at Irish Stadium. The Irish lost 17-7.

Prior Lake came away with points on three long scoring drives and stopped Rosemount from scoring on two of its trips to the red zone as it spoiled the Irish's Homecoming with a 17-7 South Suburban Conference win Friday night at Irish Stadium.

The Irish (1-3) matched their season-low point total, but showed some signs of progress on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Sean Kalinowski completed 9 of 14 passes for a season-high 157 yards, ran for 44 yards and threw just one interception, which was the lone turnover for a team that committed 11 in its previous three games.

The team strung together three long drives courtesy of 14 first downs, but scored on just one. Senior back Ali Al-Khatib gave the Irish their only lead when he capped a 14-play, 92-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run with 4:22 left in the first half. The team's next drive ended when Sal Mohamed hauled in a 31-yard pass at the 8-yard line on the final play of the first half.

The Irish had first and goal at the 8-yard line on their second drive of the fourth quarter, but eventually turned the ball over on downs.

The defense also played well at times as it forced four punts and held the Lakers seven points below their season average. The first touchdown it surrendered came after an untimely facemask penalty and the second after a pass interference call in the end zone.

Prior Lake (3-1) got on the board first thanks to a 12-play drive that ate up much of the first quarter and culminated in a 30-yard field goal. After Al-Khatib's score, the Lakers marched 67 yards on 11 plays to score a one-yard touchdown with 29 seconds remaining in the half.

Leading 10-7, the visitors opened the second half with an 11-play drive that covered 70 yards and resulted in another one-yard touchdown plunge.

The Irish were forced to punt on their next two possessions, and then turned the ball over with an interception and a failed fourth-down play on final two.

Al-Khatib led the Irish in rushing for the third straight game with 47 yards on 15 carries and caught two passes for 42 yards. Dmitri Williams added 16 yards on four carries and caught a team-high four passes for 52 yards. Jordan Herbranson added a 33-yard catch.

Matt Gulland punted four times with an average of 31.5 yards per punt and Brandon Ekeren averaged 52.5 yards on a pair of kickoffs.

The Irish are back on the road tomorrow night to take on an Eagan team that has lost four straight games to start the season. The Wildcats lost a 15-12 contest to Eastview last week and fell at home to Prior Lake 30-11 in Week 1.

Drive results

Prior Lake: Field goal, punt, touchdown; Touchdown, punt, punt, punt, end of game.

Rosemount: Punt, punt, touchdown, half; Punt, punt, interception, downs.