It wasn’t just the two turnovers that did in the football team Friday night. It was the timing of those turnovers.
The key play in the Tigers 20-7 road loss to St. Louis Park High School was a first-quarter interception thrown by Tigers sophomore quarterback Nick Rathke that Orioles senior safety Jordan Young returned 90 yards for a touchdown. The play ended Fridley’s first drive of the game and set the tone for the whole night.
Another Rathke interception deep in Orioles territory snuffed out a potential fourth-quarter rally for Fridley with about three minutes left and the Tigers trailing by 13.
Fridley got the ball back, but by then the clock was nearly at zero.
Despite the two costly interceptions, Rathke was still able to throw for 180 yards and a touchdown, and he made a number of nifty plays on scrambles.
Senior running back Kenben Parker contributed 104 all-purpose yards and was the recipient of Rathke’s touchdown pass.
Sophomore wide receiver Odell Howard added 52 yards on four catches.
Up next for Fridley is a home game next Friday against conference foe Columbia Heights (also 0-2).