The final game of the regular season turned out to be a big one for Victor James as he scored four touchdowns to lead the Irondale Knights to a 48-16 win over the host St. Louis Park Orioles Wednesday night.
Both teams scored in the first quarter. The Knights shined first on Nicholas Nelson's 53 yard touchdown pass to Matthew Trusty. The Orioles counter when Quinn Livdahl threw a 79 yard pass to Henry Albrecht and he ran down the left sideline like he was headed for the yogurt shop into the end zone.
St. Louis Park would take the lead in the second quarter as Livdahl found Donovan Huyck deep in the end zone and he hauled in a 19 yard touchdown pass. He would complete seven straight passes. Could the Orioles hold the lead on the way to their first win? "Not so fast," said Irondale as James ran 17 yards up the right side for his first touchdown to give the Knights a 21-14 halftime lead.
James would find the end zone twice in the third quarter, scoring on runs of 51 and five yards. Livdahl was plagues by interceptions, including one by the Knights Isaac Ackerman.
In the fourth quarter, James picked up his 14th touchdown of the season on a 10 yard run up the left side. Donovan Arthur would also score from 10 yards to end Irondale's scoring. St. Louis Park would end their scoring drought with 6:11 left on a safety by Chris Costello when he sacked Nelson in the end zone.
It was all the Orioles could do as Livdahl was taken out by head coach Ben Wolfe with 6:04 remaining and replaced by sophomore Alex Crary. Though he was intercepted on his first pass bySspencer Hofschulte-Beck, he did complete a pass to Austin Nelson.
At halftime, 18 St. Louis Park seniors and their parents were recognized,
The Orioles concluded the regular season with an 0-8 record and will open up Section 3AAAAA play on Tuesday, October 22. The Knights ended the regular season with a 5-3 record and will enter Section 4AAAAA action also on the 22nd.