Rosemount football eliminated by Minnetonka for second-straight year
It's not deja vu if the end of the season for the Rosemount Irish football team feels awfully familiar—for the second straight year the Irish have been eliminated from the Class 6A playoffs by the Minnetonka Skippers. Rosemount fell at home Friday night to Minnetonka 13-10 in a close game where the Irish committed too many turnovers. However, it was a closer game than last year when the roles were reversed as the Irish traveled to Minnetonka in the fresh snow and cold and lost 21-7 to end their season. With this year's loss, Rosemount's seven-game winning streak comes to an end after starting the season 0-2 and they finish the season 7-3.
Minnetonka started the game with the ball and capped a long, time consuming drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was successful and Minnetonka led 7-0 with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first quarter. The Irish committed its first turnover of the game in the second quarter when they fumbled on their own end of the field and the Skippers capitalized with another touchdown pass, this time from 8 yards out. The extra point was unsuccessful and Minnetonka led 13-0 with under four minutes left in the first half. However, Rosemount was able to score before the end of the half when sophomore Jake Ratzlaff pulled in a backwards pass from junior quarterback Trevor Amborst and hit sophomore running back Christian Graske for a 43-yard touchdown. Junior kicker Nathan Whiting converted the extra point with 1:10 left in the first half and the score was 13-7 Minnetonka at halftime.
Whiting then pulled the Irish within three midway through the third quarter after making a 24-yard field goal. However, near the end of the third quarter Amborst was intercepted at the Minnetonka one as Rosemount looked to take a lead. Late in the fourth, Amborst was intercepted again to end the Irish comeback attempt and the final was 13-10.
Rosemount graduates much of their playmakers on offense and defense this spring, including quarterback Max Carter, Kam Werk, defensive back Evan Geiwitz, wide receiver Andrew Reuter, Nick Magnuson, wide receiver Cadin Rudoll, running back Garrison Green and Ezaya Oropeza. However, they also return Amborst at quarterback, running back Christian Graske, wide receivers Jonathan Mann and Zach Barnick, kicker Nathan Whiting and linebacker Jake Ratzlaff.