Ranked 20th among the 61 9-man teams in the state, the Isle Huskies took on the 41st-ranked Cromwell/Wright Cardinals on a frigid, windy, snowy Friday evening, Oct. 11. The bad weather definitely put a crimp on Isle’s forte, which has typically been passing, and helped the Cards, who had relied on a running attack all season.
Cromwell managed a slim, 6-0 lead by intermission, and the Cards went up 14-0 early in the third quarter before Isle, with the powerful wind at their backs, mounted a comeback with two scoring series: the first set up by passes to Ethan Benson and Lucas Gross, capped off by a 15-yard run to the end zone by Turk Paulsen, and the second coming off a successful on-side kick recovered by Isle, leading to a 45-yard touchdown strike to Willy Stalker to put the Huskies back in the game.
The Cards answered with an 80-yard scoring drive that essentially put the game away. Cromwell scored one more touchdown with little time left in the game to win, 29-12. Cromwell held a narrow lead in total yards gained, 269-231.
Paulsen led Isle in rushing with 47 yards on eight carries, followed by 39 yards from Teagen Haggberg on 12 runs.
Brad Bernu and Ethan Benson each had eight tackles, followed by seven each from Joe Carlson and Stalker to lead the Huskies on defense.
The Huskies close out the regular season with an away game against Mountain Iron-Buhl on Wednesday, Oct 16.
Cromwell 6 0 8 15 29
Isle 0 0 12 0 12