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Irish football drops season opener in close game against Wayzata

Rosemount football held a 27-14 lead just minutes into the third quarter but were edged out by Wayzata 28-27 in their season opener. The Irish offense clicked, passing for 218 yards and rushing for 145, but Wayzata had nearly identical production with 149 yards rushing and passing for 229. The difference was a missed extra point in the third quarter on Rosemount’s last touchdown.

The Trojans scored first midway through the first quarter, but the Irish answered with a one-yard touchdown run by junior running back Garrison Green to tie the game. Rosemount went ahead just over halfway through the second quarter 14-7 after another one-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Max Carter.

The end of the first half saw a flurry of action when Wayzata scored with under a minute left. However, the Irish took the lead right back on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Carter to sophomore Jonathan Mann and went into halftime ahead 21-14.

Carter and Mann picked up at the start of the second half right where they left off with another touchdown connection, this time for 76 yards. A missed extra point put the Irish ahead 27-14. However, after that Wayzata was able to come back with a score halfway through the third quarter and again at the start of the fourth. The Trojans led 28-27 just seconds into the quarter and that would be the final.

Carter completed seven passes on 13 attempts for 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Junior running back Marvin Walker was Rosemount’s leading rusher with 18 carries for 76 yards. Carter ran seven times for 13 yards and touchdown, while Green ran 12 times for 32 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Brady Kubitz ran for 24 yards on six carries. Mann led all receivers with three receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Walker had one reception for for 45 yards.

The Irish will have their home opener on Friday, Sept. 8, against Edina.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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