“We were inside their red-zone four times and could not score. You can’t do that against a good team and win,” were the words of Isle coach Stan Miller following his team’s 27-8 loss to the tough Carlton/Wrenshall Bulldogs on Sept. 20.
The Huskies started the game with the ball, drove to mid-field and turned the ball over. Carlton immediately took advantage of that break by throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Huskies offense got to within the 10-yardline of the Bulldogs’ end zone during the first quarter but could not score.
Runs of 30 and 15 yards led Carlton to the five-yard-line early in the second quarter, and they scored easily to go up 14-0.
Mixing some solid rushing by Turk Paulsen and quarterback Teagen Haggberg along with 10- and 30-yard passes to Willy Stalker brought Isle to the Carlton 15-yardline, but that fine drive stalled out.
Carlton scored one more time during the first half, putting together a drive which included a 40-yard screen pass and a 20-yard run to build a 20-0 lead by intermission.
In Carlton’s second offensive series of the second half, they connected on a 70-yard pass play to pay-dirt to go up, 27-0.
Still in the third period, Haggberg broke loose on a 40-yard screen pass to Daniel Miller leading to a touchdown, and the Huskies narrowed the gap to 27-8.
A freak accident involving a hit to Daniel Miller stopped the game late in the fourth quarter, and the final was 27-8 in favor of the visiting Bulldogs.
Isle finished the game with 271 total yards of offense, including 149 on the ground and 122 through the air. Paulsen and Haggberg combined for 114 of Isle’s rushing yards while Haggberg was 7-19 in passing with Stalker, Joe Carlson, Miller and Paulsen each having at least one catch.
Carlton had 167 rushing and 152 passing yards, with 111 of the 152 yards through the air coming on the 40-yard and 70-yard touchdown catches.
Leading Isle on defense were Ethan Benson with eight tackles, followed by Lucas Gross with seven, and Stalker and Brad Bernu each with six.
Isle’s overall record slipped to 2-2. The Huskies travel to Ogilvie to take on the Lions on Friday, Sept. 27.
Carlton 7 13 7 0 27
Isle 0 0 8 0 8