Irish beat Pierz for first time in 20 years


No. 34, senior running back Ben Triplett, makes a break for it during the Friday, Sept. 9, game in Pierz. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 20-6.

Right: Junior running back Alex Toedter, No. 80, tackles Pierz’s Brett Kapsner. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 25 Hunter Malachek dodges Pierz defenders. Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries and scored Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run against the Pioneers.

The Maple Lake football team made history, Friday, Sept. 9, when it defeated Pierz for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Irish held the Pioneers to just one touchdown, winning 20-6 despite Pierz’s home-field advantage, and status as the defending state champions. They are also ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, according to Irish coach Tim Knudsen.
“We played very well as a team,” Knudsen said.
Senior running back Hunter Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries, scoring Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run.
Lane Girtz provided Pierz’s lone touchdown, going 42 yards on 11 carries.

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