Irondale running back Parker Freiberg (28) turned the corner for a second-quarter gain against Cooper. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
For Cooper, the streak is over.
The Hawks, who hadn’t lost a regular-season game since the finale in 2016, fell 41-13 to Irondale on Wednesday night, a performance that Irondale coach Ben Fuller called a “one out of 10 chance” to put away a good team like Cooper.
With the game tied 13-13 at halftime, the host Knights (6-2) scored four second-half touchdowns en route to victory.
“We’ve been flirting with being this team all year long,” Fuller said. “So I think that the guys bought into keeping that faith and preparing this week.”
Cooper (7-1), ranked this week in the Star Tribune’s Metro Top 10, scored on the fourth play from scrimmage just 1:06 into the game with a 55-yard pass play. But the Hawks, who scored its season-low for points, went three-and-out three times in the second half.
Irondale senior running back Parker Freiberg scored on an 18-yard run on the first drive of the second half, putting the Knights up 20-13 and setting the tone for the rest of the game. Game statistics show Freiberg rushed for 240 yards on 31 carries.
“It was a defining moment for our team,” Freiberg said. “We came into halftime and we said that we just had to keep going. We knew we could beat them.”
Irondale defensive tackle Quincy Jones (79) celebrated his sack of Robbinsdale Cooper quarterback Trawhawn McMillan (4) late in the third quarter. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine