Prior to the opening of the 2019 high school football season, Carlton and Wrenshall Highs petitioned the Minnesota State High School League to pair their teams for the upcoming fall. The MSHSL allowed that merger with this caveat: the newly formed Carlton-Wrenshall Raptors would play the regular season as a 9-man squad, and take part in post season as an 11-man, Class A team, since they qualified for that format with their combined enrollment.
The Raptors posted a 5-0 record with a combined scoring total of 158-28 as they hosted the 1-4 Onamia Panthers on Oct. 4.
The Panthers, who lost five of their 23-player roster to injury the week before, brought 17 young men to the battle last Friday, and by the end of the first quarter found themselves down 34-0, with four more men on the sideline with injuries, including their league-leading kicker and punter, Josh Parrow.
The Onamia coaching staff requested running time be initiated during the second quarter, then, down 44-0 by half-time, with just 13 players healthy enough to take the field, the Panthers threw in the towel. The Raptors walked off their field with a 6-0 record, and Onamia was left to ponder just how or if they ought to continue the season with a team as banged up as they were.
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Carlton 34 10 44