Irish football team earns No. 3 seed for playoffs


No. 30 Ben Reilley pushes through heavy Bulldog defense during Wednesday’s game in Paynesville. Reilley was 4-for-28 rushing.

No. 4 Brock Goelz makes a leaping catch despite Bulldog opposition.

The Irish are coming off a 52-18 loss to Mid-State Sub 1 foe Paynesville, Wednesday, Oct. 18, as they enter the post season this week. The team finished off the regular season with a 3-5 overall record after falling to the now 6-2 Bulldogs in Paynesville.
Despite a one-yard run by Alex Toedter in the first quarter followed by a sound kick by Andy Mavencamp, the Bulldogs managed to take an early 12-7 lead over the Irish, Wednesday.
Paynesville struck again in the second quarter for eight. Mavencamp attempted to close the gap, securing three more points for the Irish to make it 20-10 in Paynesville’s favor at the half.
The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter to boost their lead to 40-18. Ben Goelz contributed a 38-yard run for Maple Lake. The extra two points were good.
Paynesville secured two more touchdowns in the final quarter for good measure to come away with the 52-18 win.
The Irish received the No. 3 seed in Section 4AA and were to host No. 6 seed, St. Paul Humboldt, on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Look in next week’s Messenger for results.

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