St. Louis Park rally falls short in football loss to Chisago Lakes

St. Louis Park’s football game with Chisago Lakes Sept. 21 on the road turned out to be as bizarre as the weather.

St. Louis Park linebacker Nick Shaughnessy (40) pursues a Cloquet running back during early-season action. Shaughnessy anchors the Oriole defense and also handles kicking chores. Shaughnessy and his Oriole teammates have compiled a 1-3 record after losing 46-26 to Chisago Lakes Sept. 21. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer)

St. Louis Park linebacker Nick Shaughnessy (40) pursues a Cloquet running back during early-season action. Shaughnessy anchors the Oriole defense and also handles kicking chores. Shaughnessy and his Oriole teammates have compiled a 1-3 record after losing 46-26 to Chisago Lakes Sept. 21. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer)

The Orioles trailed 31-26 with four minutes left before Chisago Lakes clinched the North Suburban Conference win with a pair of late touchdowns and defeated St. Louis Park 46-26.

“It was a crazy game,” said St. Louis Park head coach Vince Varpness. “It was a game of momentum and weather shifts.

“It was a sunny day when the game began. But by the end of the game there were strong winds and rain/sleet conditions. Momentum went back and forth before Chisago Lakes scored twice late in the fourth quarter.”

St. Louis Park (1-3) trailed 25-13 at halftime. The Orioles scored on a 90-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Quinn Livdahl to receiver D.J. Pollard. Then Park added a 22-yard interception return by Mitch Thomas for a score in the second quarter. Nick Shaughnessy kicked both extra points.

Both teams scored once in the third quarter. Davon Malone scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.

Park cut the deficit to 31-26 in the fourth quarter on a 78-yard scoring run by Kashif Hayes.

However, Chisago Lakes assured its victory by scoring two late touchdowns.

Malone finished with 150 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns. Livdahl completed four of 14 passes for 126 yards.

“For the second week in a row, we missed tackles on defense,” said Varpness. “Offensive turnovers also helped us lose the game.”

St. Louis Park’s next opponent is North Branch (1-3). That game begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Louis Park Stadium.

North Branch lost 42-22 to Simley in a non-conference game last week.

 

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