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Irish fall to Edina in overtime during home opener

Irish junior wide receiver Andrew Reuter races down the sideline for a 63-yard score, which tied the game at 14 with under two minutes left in the game. Edina went on to win 20-17 in overtime. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

The Irish never quit and came back to tie the sixth-ranked in 6A Edina Hornets late in the fourth quarter Friday night, Sept. 8, in Rosemount. However, they could not quite get over the hump as Edina scored a touchdown in overtime to win 20-17.

To start the game, neither team was able to do much on offense, a theme that continued until almost the end of the game. Edina went ahead 7-0 near the end of the first quarter after Rosemount’s junior quarterback Max Carter was intercepted and the Hornets returned it to the Irish 10 yard line.

Edina scored again midway through the second quarter on a 37-yard touchdown run that was set up by a 58-yard pass play. Rosemount struggled to get any offense going the entire first quarter and most of the second until they were able to hit a few passes at the end of the first half, but turned the ball over on downs at the Edina 29.

Neither team did much in the third quarter as each defense asserted their will over the opposing offense. However, Rosemount was able to hit on a 45-yard pass play from Carter to senior running back Colin Pomeroy on the last play of the third quarter. That pass set up a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Andrew Reuter, which cut Edina’s lead to 14-7.

Rosemount’s defense stepped up in a big way the next two drives and pinned the Hornets deep in their own territory on both. However, Carter was intercepted twice on the first play of each ensuing drive, once due to a freak deflection, and Rosemount was not able to take advantage of the fantastic field position.

With one minute and 32 seconds (1:32) left in the game, the Irish hit paydirt on another touchdown pass to Reuter (this time 63 yards) and tied the game at 14. Edina elected to run the clock out by kneeling rather than risk a turnover deep in their own territory and took the game into overtime.

The Irish got the ball first in overtime but were forced to settle for a field goal. On its second play Edina completed a fade to the endzone to win the game 20-17.

Carter completed 16 passes on 32 attempts for 231 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Irish were not able to get anything going on the ground as six rushers combined for just nine yards on 20 carries. Reuter led Rosemount in receiving with six receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Jonathan Mann had five receptions for 42 yards.

Edina threw for 109 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 114 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown.

Rosemount travels to Eagan next Friday, Sept. 15. The Irish are now 0-2 and start sub-district play next week.

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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