Knights, Mustangs win football season openers

The 2015 high school football schedule was already so different, what with the season starting two weeks earlier than normal because of stadium availability for the Prep Bowl. Then weather threw in another twist for week-one games on Saturday.

Last-minute time changes and lightning delays added to the uniqueness of the season.

Irondale and Mounds View suffered through delays but came away with victories while St. Anthony got its game in without having to retreat but dropped its opener.

Irondale

The Knights traveled to Waconia for its longest road trip of the season and when they got there had to wait even longer to start the game due to lightning. It turned out to be worth the wait as Irondale beat the Wildcats 21-19.

The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak that dated back to 2013 and gave second-year head coach Ben Fuller his first win.

The Knights trailed for only a short time in the second quarter but were forced to come up with a defensive stop on a two-point conversion play in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Irondale struck first on an 11-yard touchdown run by Tony Sylvester in the first quarter but Waconia responded with a 35-yard touchdown pass later in the first.

The Wildcats then took their only lead of the game on a second-quarter field goal before Irondale came back with a two-yard TD run by Telly Mutanga.

Irondale expanded its lead on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Brenny to Tyler Anderson in the third quarter.

Waconia attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with a field goal and a 40-yard touchdown pass that made it a two-point game in the final minute. The Wildcats went for two and the tie but the pass play failed and Irondale had its victory.

The triumphant Knights go for back-to-back wins on Friday when DeLaSalle pays a visit to Wendt Stadium. The Islanders opened the season on Saturday with a 41-12 loss to Holy Angels.

Mounds View

The Mustangs' home game against Farmington was originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff but was moved to 3 p.m. in hopes of beating the storms that were predicted. The change mostly worked although the game was delayed once in the third quarter and ended with about three minutes to play because of lightning.

Despite the interruptions, Mounds View came away with a 28-7 victory. The Mustangs never trailed as it built a 21-point halftime lead and played the Tigers even in the second half.

Mounds View opened the scoring via a 26-yard touchdown pass from Steven Skwarek to Holden Schmidt in the first quarter. The Mustangs scored twice in the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Kevin Ameyaw and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nickel to Mitch Vaske.

Farmington got on the board on an eight-yard touchdown run in the third quarter right before the teams were ushered off the field because of lightning in the area.

Following the delay, Mounds View scored the final points of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Jack Graham in the fourth quarter.

Next up for Mounds View is its first road game of the year at East Ridge on Friday. The Raptors opened the season last week with a 21-7 loss to Lakeville North.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies started their game against Mound Westonka at 1 p.m. on Saturday so the only weather issue they dealt with was a driving wind that made passing and kicking in one direction a chore. All four touchdowns scored in the game came in the north end zone as the wind howled out of the south.

Unfortunately for St. Anthony, all of those touchdowns went to Mound Westonka, which left town with a 28-0 victory.

The White Hawks scored on runs of one and 48 yards in the second quarter and in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run and a 15-yard pass.

St. Anthony will try for win No. 1 again on Friday when it travels to Griffin Stadium in St. Paul for a game against St. Paul Central.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


East Metro Blue week two schedule
Mounds View at East Ridge
Stillwater at Roseville
Cretin-Derham Hall at Woodbury
Forest Lake at White Bear Lake

East Metro Blue week one results
Burnsville 28, Roseville 0
Apple Valley 31, Forest Lake 14
Cretin-Derham Hall 21, Lakeville South 12
Eagan 30, Stilwater 13
Lakeville North 21, East Ridge 7
Mounds View 28, Farmington 7
Rosemount 16, White Bear Lake 13
Woodbury 23, Eastview 21

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