Beyond the Gridiron: Carlton Off to Best Start in 18 Years

Updated: September 18, 2018 10:41 PM

For as long as fans can remember the nine-man rivalry between Carlton and Wrenshall has always gone the Wrens way. That was until the Bulldogs put up 60 points in week two of the regular season to notch their first victory.


"It hasn't been done in so many years, so I think that was pretty impressive about our team," said senior offensive and defensive lineman Jarod Robertson.

The Bulldogs began playing nine-man football back in the 2012 season. Over the past six years they managed to tally just eight wins, but with the addition of first-year head coach Jason Crane, the Bulldogs have already tied the amount of wins they registered last season.

"We focused early on fundamentals and trying to improve our blocking and tackling," said Crane. "I think we've been successful for the most part, but we need to continue improving those skills all season long."

Their schedule this season has been a bit of a whirlwind. After defeating Isle on Friday, the Bulldogs had to turnaround and resume their game with Littlefork-Big Falls on Monday. The two teams started the game during week one of the regular season, but had to postpone it due to the weather. Carlton said they didn't mind the quick turnaround.

If anything we get a better look at them because we've already played against them," said junior wide receiver and cornerback Matthew Santkuyl. "Hopefully we can come out, be better and beat them."

"We've played the first half, so we know a little bit about what they're going to run at us. Mostly it's just implementing and executing what we've been teaching as far as our skills, making sure that our systems are in place," added Crane.

With a win over the Vikings, the Bulldogs sit 3-0 to start the season for the first time since the fall of 2000. As far as their goals for the rest of the season, the team says their focus remains on limiting mistakes and building off what they did the week before.

"Just keep winning, keep working our butts off in practice," said Santkuyl.

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