Park football: Second-straight win escapes WolfpackAfter a big win in week No. 1, Park couldn’t repeat the feat in the week No. 2.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
After a big win in week No. 1, Park couldn’t repeat the feat in the week No. 2.
The Wolfpack fell 49-26 to Suburban East Conference foe Roseville on Friday night at Wolfpack Stadium in Cottage Grove.
Roseville scored three consecutive touchdowns to expand a 7-6 lead into a 28-6 advantage at the half en route to the win.
Park (1-1; 1-1 SEC) couldn’t stop Roseville junior quarterback Jacques Perra in the loss. Perra had 198 yards passing and three touchdowns in the game to guide the Raiders (1-1; 1-1 SEC). Last year, Perra led the conference in passing yards (1,549) and passing touchdowns (15) last year. The Raiders lost 13-10 at White Bear Lake in the season opener last week.
Senior running back Dylan Smallidge led the way for Park with 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Smallidge now has 454 yards and five touchdowns in two games.
Last week, the Park football team thumped Forest Lake 47-12 to end a 21-game losing streak. However, with the loss to Roseville, the Wolfpack wasn’t able to make it two straight. The last time Park won two games in a row was in 2007, when the Wolfpack actually won three straight games, beating Stillwater, White Bear Lake and Mounds View en route to a 4-1 start. The Wolfpack finished 5-5 that year, falling 52-9 to Michael Floyd and Cretin-Derham Hall in the playoffs.
It’s also been a while since Park beat Roseville. The last time the Wolfpack beat the Raiders was in 2005, 21-7 at Park High School. Last year, Roseville beat Park 48-23 in Roseville in week two.
Next week is a big one for the Wolfpack as it travels to longtime rival Woodbury.
The last time the Wolfpack defeated Woodbury was Sept. 13 of 2002, when Park shutout the Royals 26-0 behind 126 yards rushing and a touchdown by Jayson Almodovar.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Woodbury.
See the full story and additional photos in the Sept. 12 issue of the Bulletin