St. Louis Park football team seeks to reduce mistakes

It was a battle of the “Parks” last Friday night in North Suburban Conference football action.

But St. Louis Park came out on the short end of a 47-14 loss to Spring Lake Park (3-0) Sept. 14 at home.

“Hats off to a Spring Lake Park team that was well-coached and disciplined,” said St. Louis Park head coach Vince Varpness. “We made far too many mistakes to be able to compete with such a quality team.

“We played hard to the end and outscored Spring Lake Park 14-7 in the second half.”

St. Louis Park (1-2) will travel to Chisago Lakes for a 7 p.m. conference game Friday, Sept. 21. Chisago Lakes lost 54-14 to Cooper last week.

“We need to have a strong week of practice and work on fundamentals before we play Chisago Lakes,” said coach Varpness. “We must get those things done so that we move in the right direction.”

St. Louis Park was hurt by five fumbles and one interception during its loss to Spring Lake Park last week.

The Panthers scored three times in the first quarter on runs of 8, 29 and 1 yards. Spring Lake Park increased that advantage to 40-0 at halftime on touchdown runs of 5, 68 and 6 yards in the second quarter.

Spring Lake Park led 47-0 after scoring on a 50-yard run in the third quarter.

St. Louis Park scored twice in the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery in end zone by Bryant Griffin and a 4-yard run by Davon Malone. Nick Shaughnessy kicked both extra points.

Malone was Park’s leading rusher with 85 yards on 17 carries. Griffin gained 47 yards on two rushes.

Daren Martin and Cole Hoyt led the Oriole defense with 10 tackles. Other leading tacklers were Grant Donald (9), Shaughnessy (8) and Griffin (7).

Peyton Bretl, Parker Stennes, Henry Albrecht and Austin Broz had one pass reception each.