Beyond the Gridiron: Undefeated Cardinals Await the Postseason

Updated: October 16, 2018 10:53 PM

Due to Wrenshall having to forfeit their final game, the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals finished the regular season with a perfect record. However, this is a team who's only loss last season came in the state tournament.


Coming from a team who finished 11-1 last season, sitting 8-0 heading into the postseason is not out of the ordinary for the Cardinals.

"It's a great feeling, but we're not trying to get too far ahead of ourselves," said senior running back and linebacker Cameron Cahoon about his team sitting unbeaten on the season. "We're staying confident each game, but not overthinking it," he added.

After graduating two seniors from last year's squad, they came into this season with high expectations.

"Our personal expectation is to always compete for a section title," said Cromwell-Wright head coach Jeff Gronner.

They also returned with experience except for when it came to guys in the trenches.

"Our offensive line at the beginning of the year was a big question mark," said Gronner. "More so because it was inexperienced guys."

The execution of their ground and pound game plan seems to be working. The Cardinals have averaged 57 points in 7 games and have three guys in the backfield that average almost 10 yards per carry. In his 15th year as the head coach, 21st with the program, Gronner says this team overall is one of the best group of skilled guys he's ever coached.

"Our backfield and our skill position guys are really good, so that's made our team very successful so far," added senior tight end and defensive end Jaden Gronner.

Now with a week off, the Cardinals will use it to their advantage to nurse a few injuries and prep for the postseason because as a team that's made it to the state tournament three of the past four years, their secret is that hard work equals success.

"We are just trying to get better every week, no matter how good or bad the team is. We're just trying to improve every day as we go on," said Jaden.

Cromwell-Wright will wait for the results of MEA week to find out their seed in the Section 5 9-Man playoffs.

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